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the helm and Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock. The images hobson wharf maritime museum will take your breath away. Set against the resonance of straining hulls, breaking spray and shouted commands it draws us closer to the total commitment shown by the sailors not only in the past, but also today.
It is surprising to see how the story of these boats also reflects the history of clothing and fashion. From the obligatory white uniforms and hats of the 19th century to the ultra high-tech clothing now worn by the crews – a development that matches the technological advances in materials used in yacht construction. But over those same 150 years many things have remained constant: the pride of the naval architects, the prestige of theyacht clubs and the contrasting personalities of those involved, from five-time challenger Sir Thomas Lipton to the most recent winners of the America's Cup, Sir Peter Blake and Russell Coutts.
The exhibition is travelling for more than 14 months – and is visiting a total of eight cities:
January 11th to March 20th 2002
April 19th to May 17th 2002
June 14th to July 15th 2002
July 13th to August 10th 2002
August 30th to September 9th 2002
September 29th to December 5th 2002
September 30th 2002 to January 5th 2003
January 28th to March 2nd 2003
150 years of legend takes us back to 1851 when a British initiative saw the Americans invited to a friendly competition around the Isle of Wight. As the remarkable black schooner America sailed into the lead and on to victory before Queen Victoria's own eyes, the legend was born.
The America's Cup
That first victory confirmed the technological and nautical supremacy of the young United States. That country went on to hold the Cup for 132 years until in 1983, another former British colony, Australia, took the Cup to the Southern Hemisphere. History went on to repeat itself when in 1995 it was again another young former colony that shocked the American hobson wharf maritime museum establishment: a New Zealand crew won the Louis Vuitton Cup and then lifted the America's Cup, which they still hold to this day.
Truly impressive regattas
The America's Cup is an international challenge committing competing teams to the highest sporting, technical and human levels of competition imaginable. But to win the world's oldest and most prestigious sports trophy, challengers first need to win the Louis Vuitton Cup. This contest, in the form of an elimination series, results in the selection of just one team, the Challenger, which alone has the right to race the Defender, the current holder of the Cup, in a duel for the America's Cup.
The stuff of legend
The personalities, sponsors, designers, boat builders and skippers, as well as the quality of the magnificent racing yachts have kept alive