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Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes


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Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914

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Wamba II glides gracefully through the open waters, her sleek silhouette cutting through the waves with effortless grace. This print captures a moment frozen in time - the year is 1914, and Wamba II is running downwind under her billowing spinnaker. Created by Kirk & Sons of Cowes, this masterpiece showcases their exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The renowned yacht builders have perfectly captured the essence of sailing during this era, where elegance met adventure on the high seas. The Bermuda rig sails proudly against a backdrop of clear blue skies and rolling clouds, symbolizing freedom and exploration. As Wamba II harnesses the power of wind to propel herself forward, she embodies both strength and serenity. This photograph transports us back to a time when yachting was not just a sport but an expression of opulence and sophistication. It evokes images of dapper gentlemen in crisp white attire, navigating these magnificent vessels with skillful precision. Located off England's Isle of Wight - known as Cowes - this image pays homage to its rich maritime history. The International Rule governing yacht design at that time ensured fair competition among different boat sizes like 6 metre, 7 metre, 8 metre, 10 metre, 12 metre or even larger ones such as 19 metres. As we gaze upon this monochrome marvel by Arthur Henry Kirk and Edgar WP Kirk alongside William Umpleby Kirk's expertise in water transport engineering; we are reminded that some

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