Colin Hunter, ARA RI RSW RE (British, 1841-1904) America's Cup, the third Challenge 1876. New York Yacht Club's schooner Madeleine leading the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Countess of Dufferin.
Lot 84
Colin Hunter, ARA RI RSW RE (British, 1841-1904) America's Cup, the third Challenge 1876. New York Yacht Club's schooner Madeleine leading the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Countess of Dufferin.
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,144) inc. premium

Lot Details
Colin Hunter, ARA RI RSW RE (British, 1841-1904)
America's Cup, the third Challenge 1876.
New York Yacht Club's schooner Madeleine leading the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Countess of Dufferin.
signed 'Colin Hunter/RA' (lower right)
oil on canvas
71 x 99cm (28 x 39in).

Footnotes

  • In 1851 an American syndicate brought over to England a radical schooner yacht with the aim to challenge the yachting supremacy of the English. Finding little competition, they took part in a race around the Isle of Wight for a 100 Guinea silver ewer, donated by the Marquis of Anglesey, which they won decisively. Finding no further challengers, they returned to America and in 1857 the syndicate donated the Trophy to the New York Yacht Club as a perpetual challenge trophy, to be called the America's Cup.

    No challenges were made until 1870 when James Ashbury unsuccessfully challenged with his schooner Cambria, followed by a further unsuccessful attempt in 1871. It was not until 1876 that a further challenge, on behalf of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, was mounted in the 221 ton schooner Countess of Dufferin. The Americans responded with the smaller schooner Madeleine, which defeated the challenger 2-0. The course of the races was set in New York harbour and featured the Sandy Hook light ship, which can be seen in the right of the picture. Attracting huge popular interest, the races were attended by fleets of spectator vessels which can be seen at the margins of the course.

    The New York Yacht Club retained the trophy despite numerous challenges until it was finally wrested from them by the Australian challenger Australia II in 1983. Since then Swiss, Australian, New Zealand and American syndicates have held the Cup, which is still being competed for today.
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