the Bitter End
The 1920 America’s Cup
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.