THE CHEERFUL LOSER
A gallant challenger, Sir Thomas Lip-ton (left) saw his last hope to win the America's Cup, symbolic of the world's yachting supremacy, lost at sea 24 years ago this week. In four straight heats, raced off Newport, R.I., Sir Thomas' entry, Shamrock V, lost to the Enterprise, whose skipper was Harold S. Vanderbilt. Thus ended the doughty Britisher's fifth challenge for the coveted trophy, held by the U.S. for 79 years. His efforts to capture the prize had begun in 1899. After his yacht had finished a mile behind the Enterprise in his last race, the 80-year-old sportsman acknowledged: "I cannot win. I cannot win." Will Rogers called Lipton "possibly the world's worst yacht builder but absolutely the world's most cheerful loser."