Team New Zealand 2003

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Team New Zealand ship model, America’s Cup Defender. She raced against Alinghi in the beautiful and unpredictable Hauraki Gulf in 2003.

$1,295.00

Year2003
Historic NoteIn early 2000, New Zealand was ignited as the sailing world descended on our shores to live the America’s Cup dream. America’s Cup 2000 was simply New Zealand’s biggest sporting event ever. Last February 2003 the world’s challenger for the America’s Cup h
Size64cm L 97cm Hgh

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Team New Zealand 2003

Team New Zealand 2003

William Starling Burgess no doubt inherited his love of boats and sailing from his father as well as  his sharp analytical mind. He also acquired his precise and sensitive feeling for lines and forms from Nathanael Herreshoff, his “Uncle Nat”. But when the young Starling informed Herreshoff of his intention to become a naval architect, “the Wizard of Bristol” took umbrage.

When Mike Vanderbilt contacted him to build a new defender for the 1934 challenge, time was very short. No matter ! He started on the rough drafts of the plans at end of 1931 and Rainbow very nearly failed in the face of a faster challenger, Endeavour.

Starling Burgess came out of it quite well, Charles Nicholson even offering him the plans of his champion. His gesture was to prove quite unwise.

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