America's Cup, 1934. "Endeavour I" and "Rainbow".

America's Cup, 1934.
The painting depicts the start of the fourth America's Cup race in 1934. "Rainbow", to windward of "Endeavour I" is passing just astern of the New York Club Race Committee vessel "Wilhemina" (the start boat).

The race was around a triangular course with the first leg 'dead' to windward. "Endeavour's" bow is lifting out of the water as she sails over the swells, whereas "Rainbow's" bow is digging into the swell ahead. "Rainbow" went on to win this race by 1 minute, 15 seconds. She also won the fifth (by 4 minutes, 1 second) and sixth races (by only 55 seconds) to successfully defend the America's Cup in a series where it was generally agreed that "Endeavour I" was the fastest boat but that "Rainbow" was better crewed and skippered.

"Endeavour I" was designed by George Nicholson and owned and skippered by Sir Thomas Sopworth.
"Rainbow" was designed by Starling Burgess ans skippered by Harold Vanderbilt.
Dimensions30" x 40"
Mediaoil on canvas


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