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The 6 Metre Cheetal (L21) sailing upwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Cheetal (L21) sailing upwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes


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The 6 Metre Cheetal (L21) sailing upwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Cheetal (L21) sailing upwind, 1911

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10 Metre 12 Metre 19 Metre 6 Metre 7 Metre 8 Metre Arthur Henry Arthur Henry Kirk Boat View Breezy Close Hauled Cowes Edgar Wp Edgar Wp Kirk Gunter Rig International Rule Isle Of Wight Kirk Kirk Sons Of Kirk Sons Of Cowes Lee Bow Sailing Yacht Sloop William Umpleby William Umpleby Kirk Yacht Yachting Cheetal


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The 6 Metre Cheetal (L21) gracefully cuts through the wind as it sails upwind in this photo print. Created by Kirk & Sons of Cowes in 1911, the image captures a moment of pure elegance and skill on the water. The Cheetal, designed under the International Rule, showcases its sleek lines and impeccable craftsmanship as it navigates the challenging conditions off the coast of England's Isle of Wight. With its gunter rig and close-hauled position, this sailing yacht demonstrates both power and finesse. This monochrome snapshot transports us back to a breezy day in early 20th century yachting history. The expertise of Arthur Henry Kirk and Edgar WP Kirk is evident in every detail captured by their lens. From William Umpleby Kirk's masterful navigation at the helm to the Lee bow cutting through waves with precision, every aspect speaks volumes about their passion for sailing. As we admire this remarkable piece of maritime heritage, let us appreciate not only its aesthetic beauty but also recognize how it represents a time when sailing was more than just a sport – it was an art form. This photograph serves as a reminder that even amidst changing times, there will always be those who find solace and exhilaration in harnessing nature's elements for transport and recreation.

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