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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, green bottom paint .
Hull size: 60cm.
Board size: 75cm X 20cm
|Half Hull Size||Medium (75cm X 20cm)|
|Size||75cm x 20cm|
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Bibelot, designed by Nathanael Herreshoff and built at the Herreshoff boatyard in Bristol in 1910, came to Kiel, Germany with Beaver ( William Starling Burgess ) and Cima ( Charles Drown Mower ). Bibelot was the first of all. She won all races at every wind.
The Kaiser was so enthusiastic, that he bought the boat immediately after the race. Many designers tried to copy her, but no one reached her performance.
Later she was given to the KYS ( Kaiserliche Yacht Schule ). Under such hard conditions as a school-boat for youngsters she lived until 1939.
According to her there were build three new Sonder Class Boats in the end of the 20ies century: Bibelot II, Fima and Rosenwind. From 1906 till 1910, International Sonder Racing alternated between Marblehead and Kiel with each nation winning in its home waters.
In 1911, Americans made a serious attempt, winning in Kiel that summer with Bibelot, constructed and built by Nathanael Green Herreshoff. Bibelot stayed in Germany and became famous. She was destroyed during the Second World War.
Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith , Shamrock V's owner ( he acquired her in 1932 ), decided to enter the fray. He ordered a new J Class from Charles E. Nicholson, Endeavour. Nicholson designed his most fabulous challenger, with a very elegant shape and real speed capacities.
The fifteenth challenge of the America's Cup was quite a paradox: the faster yacht was beaten by the slower but better sailed yacht. In fact, with Rainbow, the Americans were saved solely due to her tactical sense and a lot of luck.
Endeavour layed down for years in the USA, without care. She was rescued by Elizabeth Meyer, of Newport, RI. Today after a $ 10,000,000 restoration, she is one of the most breathtaking sights on the water. To take helm of such a boat is to experience pure power, grace and speed.