Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews: Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island

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In 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled to Deer Isle, Maine, to recruit the nation's best sailors, an "All American" crew. This remote island in Penobscot Bay sent nearly thirty of its fishing men to sail "Defender," and under skipper Hank Haff, they beat their opponents in a difficult and controversial series. To the delight of the American public, the charismatic Sir Thomas Lipton sent a surprise challenge in 1899. The New York Yacht Club knew where to turn and again recruited Deer Isle's fisherman sailors. Undefeated in two defense campaigns, they are still considered one of the best American sail-racing teams ever assembled. Read their fascinating story and relive their adventure.
ISBN: 9781609497286
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Series: Sports
Images: 65
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mark J. Gabrielson is pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard. He is a member of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, the Penobscot Marine Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, and The New York Yacht Club.
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