Velsheda 1933

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Velsheda Half Hull by Abordage Expand

 Velsheda ( 1933 ) half hull wooden hand crafted.Designed by Charles Nicholson.

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Hand-crafted plank on frame wood hull with blue topsides. White cove stripe. Varnished stained wood hull.

Hull size: 60cm

Board size: 75cm x 20cm

Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)
Year1933

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Velsheda 1933

Velsheda 1933

It had been a highly emotional meeting between Charles E.Nicholson and Nathanael Herreshoff during the Shamrock IV and Resolute measurement operations. The two men did not meet one another until ten years later due to the visit arranged by Harold Vanderbilt.

Nicholson built Shamrock V in 1930. Yet again, he was unable to equal the Americans. Although this time they did not have eight years' experience with the new International Rule, they were out in force; for the 1930 challenge they built 4 J Class. Charles Nicholson had only one chance to exploit the formula to the hull. Moreover the Americans made faster progress than the English with their yacht equipment. Shamrock V was not as fast as she was beautiful . The last challenge of Sir Thomas Lipton concluded with a disastrous defeat against Enterprise.

But his popularity in the United State was such that the public response to a subscription to award him a gold souvenir cup was massive. Overwhelmed, the ordinarily loquacious gentleman was scarcely able to utter a few words, "Although I have always lost, you make me think I have won. But I will try again, yes, I will try again!". "Tommy", as he was affectionately known, was never to keep his promise. He died on October 2nd, 1931, a few months after finally being admitted as a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Sixty years later, Shamrock V was still sailing under an italian flag, having been re-christened Quadrifoglio. She was repurchased in 1986 by the Thomas Lipton Company, given back her original name and is now the property of the Newport Museum of  Yachting, founded by the Company.

Finally Shamrock V has been refitted by the famous yachtlady Elizabeth Meyer and is sailing worldwide for races and charter. One of her recent greatest victory was during the 1999 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, where she raced against  2 other remaining J Boats, Endeavour and Velsheda.

There was a crowd in attendance at the launch of the third America's Cup defender designed and built by the Herreshoff brothers. As ever, the boat has been built in an utmost secrecy, forbidding the access of the yard to every journalists and photographers. This time the defender helm was put in the hands of Charles Barr. This was the first time that the famous Scottish skipper, living in he States for some years , had been entrusted with a defender. Captain Nat  was to be his co-skipper.

As John Brown predicted, Columbia's steel mast broke after the first trials, due to electrolysis. It was replaced by another in Oregon pine for the rest of the trials. The final race was held on October 20th. The struggle was hard and none of the two teams managed to take a decisive advantage till the last mark. The two were now both fighting against the wind. They heeled over impressively, stemposts dipping into the spray and lifting immense cascades of water.Throughout this first windward beat, Archie Hogarth tried all he knew to escape Columbia, who was controlling him mercilessly. Columbia obviously cut better through the choppy sea, whereas Shamrock had to force her way through and tossed violently the Defender flying her mainsail, staysail and jib, performed marvellously and hauled the wind without losing speed, her sais always full. Scarcely 5 minutes after rounding the mark, Columbia had the race in her pocket. Shamrock tacked first after 20 mninutes, followed the Americans. The difference separating the two yachts could now be seen, since, from the same initial point, Columbia was already 1/8 mile to windward of the Irish. Barr decided to slacken off to avoid breakages and to make sure of victory, as he was a quarter of a mile to windward of his pursuer, and won easily.

The American skipper and the defender had fulfilled their contract, with their three crushing victories over Sir Thomas Lipton's yacht. Columbia had no difficulty in beating Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock, designed by Fife Jr III. Before his promise to come back to the following America's Cup, Sir Thomas Lipton paid tribute to his rival: "Mister Herreshoff has shown that he is the greatest yacht designer in the world".

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