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Witness the thrilling spectacle of yacht racing as the sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock gracefully glide downwind, their sails billowing in the wind

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock, race downwind

The sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock, race downwind. Shamrock was designed by William Fife and was Sir Thomas Liptons first challenger for the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator
Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was launched in June 1914

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912. Creator

The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912. Creator
The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The launch of Shamrock IV with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Creator

The launch of Shamrock IV with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Creator
The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H.M.S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Yacht Race off Ryde, Isle of Wight (litho)

Yacht Race off Ryde, Isle of Wight (litho)
5222458 Yacht Race off Ryde, Isle of Wight (litho) by Duncan, Edward (1803-82) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Yacht Race off Ryde, Isle of Wight)

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Yacht-Race between the Thought and the Torpid, off the Nab Light, in the Solent (engraving)

Yacht-Race between the Thought and the Torpid, off the Nab Light, in the Solent (engraving)
1613229 Yacht-Race between the Thought and the Torpid, off the Nab Light, in the Solent (engraving) by Weedon, Edwin (1819-79); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Cutters and Schooners Rounding the Mouse Lightship

Cutters and Schooners Rounding the Mouse Lightship
BON43607 Cutters and Schooners Rounding the Mouse Lightship by Fowles, Arthur Wellington (c.1815-78); Private Collection; Photo eBonhams, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The Start of the Yacht Race from Dover to Heligoland for the German Emperors Jubilee Cup (litho)

The Start of the Yacht Race from Dover to Heligoland for the German Emperors Jubilee Cup (litho)
1042343 The Start of the Yacht Race from Dover to Heligoland for the German Emperors Jubilee Cup (litho) by English School

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Yacht Race, 'Wood against Iron', First Regatta of the Royal Victoria Club, Isle of Wight (engraving)

Yacht Race, "Wood against Iron", First Regatta of the Royal Victoria Club, Isle of Wight (engraving)
1101375 Yacht Race, " Wood against Iron", First Regatta of the Royal Victoria Club, Isle of Wight (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Yacht Race)

Background imageYacht Race Collection: A Yacht Race (chromolitho)

A Yacht Race (chromolitho)
1042443 A Yacht Race (chromolitho) by Wyllie, William Lionel (1851-1931) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Yacht Race)

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Yacht Race for the Queens Cup at New York (engraving)

Yacht Race for the Queens Cup at New York (engraving)
1052092 Yacht Race for the Queens Cup at New York (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Yacht Race for the Queens Cup at New York)

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Yacht-Race for the America Cup, Trial-Race (16 September) between the American Yachts Mayflower

Yacht-Race for the America Cup, Trial-Race (16 September) between the American Yachts Mayflower and Volunteer
1591435 Yacht-Race for the America Cup, Trial-Race (16 September) between the American Yachts Mayflower and Volunteer, the Thistle in Company (engraving) by English School

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Ramparts at St. Malo?Yacht Race, 1875. Creator: John Singer Sargent

Ramparts at St. Malo?Yacht Race, 1875. Creator: John Singer Sargent
Ramparts at St. Malo?Yacht Race, 1875

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The Yacht America, 1877. Creator: Charles S. Raleigh

The Yacht America, 1877. Creator: Charles S. Raleigh
The Yacht America, 1877

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Imaginary Regatta of Americas Cup Winners, 1889 or after. Creator: Unknown

Imaginary Regatta of Americas Cup Winners, 1889 or after. Creator: Unknown
Imaginary Regatta of Americas Cup Winners, 1889 or after

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Finish First International Race for Americas Cup, August 8, 1870, 1870. Creator: Samuel Colman

Finish First International Race for Americas Cup, August 8, 1870, 1870. Creator: Samuel Colman
Finish First International Race for Americas Cup, August 8, 1870, 1870

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Group of 15 Metres racing close-hauled, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Group of 15 Metres racing close-hauled, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Group of 15 Metres racing close-hauled, 1913

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Unknown gaff rigged cutter beating upwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Unknown gaff rigged cutter beating upwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Unknown gaff rigged cutter beating upwind, 1911

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1934. Endeavour was designed by Charles Nicholson and raced by T.O.M. Sopwith in the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The Americas Cup challenger Endeavour, 1935. Endeavour was designed by Charles Nicholson and raced by T.O.M. Sopwith in the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The racing yachts Astra and Endeavour, 1936. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The racing yachts Astra and Endeavour, 1936. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The racing yachts Astra and Endeavour, 1936

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was launched in June 1914

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. The yacht was designed by William Fife, and was built by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland. The yacht was launched on 1903

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageYacht Race Collection: After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914

After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914
After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H.M.S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageYacht Race Collection: The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup. She was 128 ft overall length and carried 13, 492 sq ft of canvas

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933. Creator

Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933. Creator
Racing yachts Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933

Background imageYacht Race Collection: Rhe largest British racing yachts compete during Cowes Week, 1937

Rhe largest British racing yachts compete during Cowes Week, 1937
Off Cowes, in the Isle of Wight, the largest British racing yachts compete during Cowes Week, the first week in August, 1937. From Shipping Wonders of the World, Vol


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Witness the thrilling spectacle of yacht racing as the sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock gracefully glide downwind, their sails billowing in the wind. In 1914, Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV took to the waters without its topsail, showcasing its sleek design and formidable prowess. The Sydney Hobart a legendary event where competitors push their limits in a grueling race from Sydney to Hobart. The cutter Shamrock valiantly beats upwind, displaying the skill and determination of its crew. In 1934, J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia engaged in a fierce battle on the open seas, captivating spectators with their elegance and power. Once again, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race takes center stage as daring sailors embark on an epic journey filled with challenges and triumphs. The cutter Shamrock showcases its agility as it sails close-hauled against strong winds in 1912. With Kirk & Sons of Cowes at her helm, she proves her mettle by beating to windward with unwavering determination. The launch of Shamrock IV alongside H. M. S Victory creates a breathtaking scene that combines history with modern-day competition. Off Ryde's picturesque Isle of Wight, witness an exhilarating yacht race that captivates both participants and onlookers alike through lithographic artistry. Delve into another riveting encounter between two vessels named Thought and Torpid off Nab Light in Solent's treacherous waters through an intricately engraved depiction. Yacht racing embodies gracefulness intertwined with intense competition—a true testament to human ingenuity paired with nature's elements—creating moments that leave us breathless while igniting our passion for adventure on waterways around the world.