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Britain's First Try at the America's Cup
E. F. Haylock
September 11, 1967
A long-lost logbook from the schooner yacht 'Cambria' tells of Great Britain's original attempt to reclaim the Hundred Guineas Cup carried off to the new world by sailors from across the sea
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September 11, 1967

Britain's First Try At The America's Cup

A long-lost logbook from the schooner yacht 'Cambria' tells of Great Britain's original attempt to reclaim the Hundred Guineas Cup carried off to the new world by sailors from across the sea

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Ashbury did not protest. There is little doubt that a resail would have produced a similar result, and a good deal of acrimony was thus avoided. The remainder of Cambria's stay in American waters was marked by the utmost cordiality on both sides. Ashbury took part in many races and Americans were impressed by his sportsmanlike spirit. He had a standing wager for a cup valued at 50 guineas against any comer but won only one race.

Rood faithfully records all these events but never the result of any race, perhaps because of Cambria's lack of success. He does, however, recognize the importance of one social occasion:

"Yacht Cambria at Newport. Wednesday Aug. 24. A.M. Light wind from S.E. with fine sky.

"At 1 P.M. Dressed ship with Flags.

"Visited by President Grant and Friends...."

On October 28 the log reads:

"Yacht Cambria from New York towards Cowes. At 10:30 A.M. Chas Brown, Pilot came on board.

"At 11:00 A.M. Weighed and processed to sea.

"At 1 P.M. Sandy Hook Light Ship Bearing Dist 1 mile. Hove to. Discharged the Pilot and took departure."

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