Wins the America's Cup
For the 20th time since the America
won a silver cup by defeating England's best
yachts in 1851, U.S. sailors successfully
defended the America's Cup. The Cup races were
held off Newport, Rhode Island, beginning on
September 12, 1967.
The Intrepid won the
right to represent the United States after
outsailing American Eagle, Columbia,
and Constellation in a series of
elimination races. Intrepid was designed
by Olin Stephens, rhe designer of three previous
defenders, including the Columbia (1958)
and the Constellation (1963). It was
skippered by Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr.,
who had steered Weatherby to a
successful 4-to-1 defense over the Australian
yacht Gretel in 1962.
The challenger in 1967 was Dame
Pattie, a new Australian yacht that had
qualified for the series by beating Gretel
earlier in the year. Named for the wife of former
Prime Minister Robert C. Menzies, Dame Pattie
was designed by Warwick Hood and skippered by
Jock Sturrock, Gretel's helmsman in
Intrepid defeated Dame
Pattie with four decisive races in a row.
The smallest margin of victory was 3 minutes 35
seconds, equal to about half a mile.
World Book Yearbook 1968
Chicago: Field Enterprises Corporation, 1968
Questions or comments about