Newport Last Saturday
Bill Converse was in Newport last Saturday but turned his lens away from the big fancy cats and took a few shots of these 29er skiffs practicing in the light air. Cool looking boats- wish they had been around thirty years ago!
And of course he couldn’t resist a shot of a vintage 12 meter- that is COLUMBIA, the first 12 Meter to defend the America’s Cup in 1958, defeating the British challenger SCEPTRE four races in a row to take the series.
COLUMBIA was designed by Olin Stephens and skippered by Briggs Cunningham, who invented the mainsail adjustment that we all know and love. I’ve also heard that he was a major player in motor racing and may have been the first person to paint racing stripes on a car. Seriously.
Look for more photos from Bill over the next week or so….
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