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AND OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU, TOMMY
Sir Thomas Linton. Derennial cud
hunter, is coming to see us again
with his yacht, Shamrock IV. He
wants the American cup so badly that
he has waived every objection raised
in opposition, so as to force-the New
Yofk Yacht club into a contest.
The New York Yacht club wants
to race, if race it has to, with gigantic
sloops racing machines 90 foot on
the water, 135 feet long on deck, so
lightly built that they crowd the
danger line constantly and go to the
scrap heap after the races.
Lipton asked for a race with 75
feat yachts, which, under the present
rules, are as big as the 90-footers of
20 years ago. He was turned down.
T hrllengcd again and was turned
- 'jse of an "if" in his defi,
tuc N. Y, Y. C. a chance
Lipton has three times tried with
90-footers. He says such a yacht
cannot be built in England and cross
the ocean "on her own bottom," as
she must, and still have any chance
to win the cup.
But Lipton wants that cup. So in
his third challenge he says to the
N. Y. Y: C. that he will, build a 75
foot yacht and the, club can build a
yacht of any size it prefers up to 90
feet, the limit prescribed by the
original deed of gift.
Lipton thus forces the club into a
hole from which the only escape is
race or crawl, and it has crawled
twice on technicalities as thin as a
split blonde hair.
When Lipton comes over with his
Shamrock IV. he will be the first
challenger to carry the sympathy of
'the American people. His gameness,
his willingness to- draw cams in a
ga'me in which the cards have always
been stacked, his good nature in de
feat, have endeared him to every
lover of honest sport.
It would be the best possible thing "
for international yachting for Lipton
to take the cup back to England and
then for an international committee
to draw up. fair rules for its keeping
Lipton in his third challenge, de
claring that, if accepted, he would
race a 75-footer, forces the N. Y. Y.
(Mo defend with a-yacht of the same
size. Even the "public be damned"
policy., of the club cannot endorse
building a 90-foot defender to meet a
75-foot challenger. Public opinion, a
weapon no armor can turn aside, will
force the Wall street yachtsmen to
meet Lipton on terms that at least
have the appearance of being fair.
For clean sport and the good of
yachting, it is hoped Lipton takes
home the cup. He has been a game
loser and we'd like to see him win, if
only to' et the cup out of the hands
of the New York Yacht club sure
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