Part­ing Shot

SuperYacht World - - Superyacht Aft Section - WHEN & WHERE Gosport, April 1934 IMAGE A. Hud­son/topi­cal Press Agency/getty Im­ages

The launch of Tommy Sop­with’s splen­did all-steel 39-me­tre J Class En­deav­our, the 1934 chal­lenger for the Amer­ica’s Cup, at the Camper & Ni­chol­son yard in Gosport, Hamp­shire. “I name you En­deav­our, and with all my heart I wish you a cup­ful of luck,” said his wife at the launch, but it was an ill-starred at­tempt, with a crew strike on the eve of de­par­ture re­sult­ing in pre­dom­i­nantly am­a­teurs on board. With two ini­tial wins over Velsheda, the yacht then lost the last four races in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances. In­ducted into the Amer­ica’s Cup Hall of Fame in 1988, Sop­with died aged 101 in 1989. The 83-year-old En­deav­our will be com­pet­ing in the Amer­ica’s Cup J Class re­gatta in June, and is on bro­ker­age with Ed­mis­ton, ask­ing €17.5 mil­lion.

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