the Bit­ter End

The 1920 Amer­ica’s Cup

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The Amer­ica’s Cup re­gatta of 1920, post­poned six years when World War I erupted, pit­ted chal­lenger Sir Thomas Lip­ton’s Sham­rock IV against Res­o­lute, the Her­reshoff-de­signed and -built en­try of the de­fend­ing New York Yacht Club. Lip­ton, who had con­tested the trophy three times be­fore, was one race away from cap­tur­ing the Cup when Res­o­lute, down two races to nil in the best-of-five se­ries,

came back and won three straight. Here, spec­ta­tors watch Res­o­lute and Sham­rock cross tacks off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, where the Amer­ica’s Cup was held be­fore mov­ing to New­port in 1930.

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