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VOLUME LXXVIII.— NO. 100.
CAPTAIN HAFF GUIDED THE AMERICAN SINGLE-STICKER TO VICTORY.
NEW YORK, N. V., Sept. 7.-All hail
the Defender! The aluminum and bronze
boat defeated the Valkyrie 111 eight min
utes and forty-nine seconds in the first of
the races for the America cup to-day.
Twenty thousand people on the greatest
flotilla that ever assembled off Sandy
Hook witnessed the race, and there was a
scene of hilarious joy when the Defender
crossed the line fully two miles ahead of
Lord Dunraven's boat.
The joy of the multitude was undoubt
edly increased by the fact that the Valky
rie led the Yankee boat for the lirst hour.
She -walked away from thelefender in a
■way that led Englishmen to fondly hope
that their day had come at last. Bright
visions of the America cup floated before
their eyes, while the patriotic Americans,
who were packed tier above tier on the
many-decked excursion steamers, were
A hush fell over the marine amphi
theater when the boats started, and all
ihe joys of yachting Beemed gone when
the Valkyrie easily moved to the front and
showed her heels to the Defender. Cheers
and enthusiasm were missing for a full
hour when the British boat was leading.
TRULY THE CUP DEFENDER IS THIS GREAT HERREBHOFF CREATION.
There was only a five-knot breeze at the
start, and, as predicted in these dis
patches, the Valkyrie was going through
the water faster than the Defender in the
light air, There was a lumpy sea on and
quite a swell came in from the ocean, but
the buffeting of the waves against the
Britisher's boat did not keep her back.
She outpointed and outfooted the Herres
hoff boat to the amazement of the great
crowd of spectators.
But after establishing a lead of a good
quarter of a mile, the wind having fresh
ened, the cup challenger failed to hold her
own and the Yankee yacht began to gain.
When the crowd saw it there was a gen
eral brightening up, and as it became
plain that the product of American brains
waa picking up her rival a cheer went up
and tugboat whistles screeched.
A As both yachts were beating to wind
ward, it is impossible to say just when the
Defender overhauled the British boat, but
it was about 1 :25 p. m. when the boats had
covered nearly half of the 15 miles of wind
ward work. Once the Defender got her
gait there was no catching her, and, as the
wind continued to freshen, she opened up
a very large gap between her stern and the
bow of Lord Punraven's boat.
When the Defender reached the outer
mark she bad an advantage of three min
utes and twenty-seven seconds. There
was a big demonstration as the Yankee
boat made the turn. The wind having
shifted the run home became a broad
reach and it was a constant gain for the
gallant American boat. Going home the
gain was four minutes and fifty -three
With the time allowance of twenty-nine
seconds, the Defender's victory was eight
minutes forty-nine seconds. The wind
was ten knots at the finish. The day's
race showed tbat the Valkyrie 111 moved
Jike a ghost in a wind of less than six
knots, and that she seemed speedier than
the Defender in that wind. It also showed
that with a wind of from eight to ten
knots in both windward work and broad
reaching, the English boat could not keep
the pace set by the Defender. Both
yachts were somewhat interfered with by
the attendant fleet, but the patrol yachts
kept a fairly clear course except at the
otart and finish.
The outlook early this morning for ideal
racing weather was not at all encouraging
the many thousands of persons -who had
made up their minds to witness the first of
the great international -aces. Despite an
ominous-looking sky and an easterly
breeze, the dread of the landlubber, the
The San Francisco Call.
SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 8, 1895— TWENTY-FOUR PAGES.
Story of the Defeat of the Valkyrie 111 by the Defender as Wired From New
York and Retold by "The Call's" Model Yachts
in San Francisco.
many hundreds of craft left New York
crowded to their utmost capacity. There
was no blue sky to gladden the excursion
ists' hearts, but an occasional bright
streak at least gave them hope.
As early as 7:30 o'clock in the morning
the harbor began to show signs of festivity.
Gaily bedecked steamers were anchored at
nearly every pier taking on their load of
human freight. The starting line of the
race was over thirty miles from the city,
and those wishing to be on hand when
the racers were sent off on their struggle
for the cup had got under way by 9 a. m.
All the excursion boats had left their
docks at that hour.
Steam sailing yachts with owners and
guests aboard sot under way early, too,
and were among the first to reach the scene
A VAST THRONG OF ENTHUSIASTIC AMERICANS WITNESSED THE FINISH OF THE OREAT RACE BETWEEN THE DEFENDER AND
VALKYRIE 111 AS SEEN ON "THE CALL'S" MINIATURE COURSE YESTERDAY.
START-Defender, 12:20:50 ; Valkyrie, 12:20:46.
Turn : Defender, 3:36:29 ; Valkyrie, 3:39:52.
Finish : Defender, 5:21:14 ; Valkyrie, 5:29:30.
Elapsed time : Defender, 5:00:24 ; Valkyrie, 5:08:44.
Corrected time : Defender, 4:59:55 ; Valkyrie, 5:08:44.
Defender won by 8 minutes and 49 seconds.
of the day's battle. Tugboats chartered
for the day by people not opulent enough
to own ocean-going steam yachts, but too
exclusive to mingle with the promiscuous
throng on the excursion steamers, were
out in great numbers.
They poked their noses into the billows
OFFICZAIj times, v]
which seemed ever ready to engulf them
and made more noise with their whistles
| than boats of a respectable size. The pro
! cession down the bay, though somewhat
obscured by the haze which hung over the
water, was one of the sights of the day.
Slow boats starting first were passed by
faster ones which left the city later, and
the line of vessels was one of kaleidoscopic
The fleet of steam yachts anchored off
Bay Ridge and along Staten Island shore
of the bay moved out one by one and
joined the passenger steamers in the chan
nel outward bound. The finest floating
palaces in American waters were in the
procession, and the passengers on dollar
a-head excursion -boats, who found them
selves sandwiched in between the yachts
of the Astor and Vanderbilt families, con
cluded that they were in tne swim at last.
On the club steamers yachtsmen, with
rakish caps and gold embroidery, were nu
merous. They were accompanied by
yachtswomen in rigs as marvelous of de
sign as the combination aluminum and
bronze creations whose performance they
were going to witness.
The patrol division, the steam yacht
Alicia, Captain H. M. Flagler, the flagship,
was quite a formidable fleet. It consisted
of twelve handsome yachts and might be
said to have been more ornamental than
useful. If blowing of whistles constituted
the duty of the patrols, then they did their
duty nobly. The patrols were the first to
come down the bay. They made their
rendezvous at first near the Sandy
Hook lightship, where they attempted
to Keep the boats half a mile
from the starting line, but finally gave it
op. The boats formed a cluster so close
to the line that for a moment it seemed
impossible for the racera to reach the start
without fouling a dozen or more craft.
When the announcement was made of a
change of course, the great fleet of attend
ing craft took up anchor and sailed for the
new course. The patrol £M>t lost in the
maze of boats, and but little was seen of
them for the rest of the cluy.
The Defender was the first of the two
racers to make a sail. Both anchored in
side of Sandy Hook, in the Horseshoe over
night, and were near at hand this morn
ing. The Defender sent up her sail at 8:50
and took a line from the tug Wallace. On
the way out to the lightship her club top
sail was sent aloft and her jib broken
out. She used a suit of ramie-cloth
sails of a yellow tinge, excepting
the club topsail, which was snow white.
The Defender's sides are a pale blue since
her last painting and her appearance was
less beautiful than in the trial races, when
sails and hulls were pure white. Her sails
set better to-day than in any of her races
with the Vigilant, and that they did good
wort is shown by the result of
the race. On her were the happy
family which has practically lived on
board for the last two months. There
were C. Oliver Iselin, Mrs. Iselin, Wood
bury Kane, Herbert C. Leeds and New
berry Thome. David Henderson, of the
Anchor Line, was on board as the repre
sentative of Lord Dunraven. Designer
Nat llerreshoff was also there. Captain
Hank Haff was at the wheel and the yellow
dog, Sandy, played mascot.
The Valkyrie left her anchorage at 9:10
in tow of the White Star tug Pulver. She
had her mainsail up and her jib and stay
sail in stops. When off the point of tne
Hook her jib topsail was sent aloft. It
was a trifle larger than the similar sail
carried by the Defender. On her decks
were Lord Dunraven, his two daughters,
the Lady Rachel Quin and Lady Wind
ham Quin, Archie Goodwin, Designer
Watson, Sailmaker Ratsey and H. Mait
Captains Cranfield and Sycamore were
at the tiller. Her sails were well fitting
VALKYRIE 111 OF THE LORD DUNBAVBN SYNDICATE, DEFEATED IN THE FIRST RACE FOR THE
and set without a wrinkle. Both yachts
kept their tows to Sandy Hook lightship.
They arrived there at 10 :40. Their tenders
followed them out in case any changes in
sails or spars should be decided upon.
The wind at 10:45 was from the northeast,
and the regatta committee decided to
change the starting point, as a mile course
to windward would strike the Long Island
shore about Long Beach. Signals were
sent up and the committee boat started
south toward the Jersey shore.
The yachts followed in tow of their tugs.
The fleet of steam yachts made a race for
the new starting point and the excursion
The gathering of the immense flotilla
about the starting line was one of the most
animated and magnificent marine spec
tacles of its kind ever witnessed in these
waters. Every available craft had
been pressed into service. There
were tugs almost too numerous to
count, boats, big and little, a number of
large coasting vessels and sloops and
schooners, and yachts of all classes. The
most impreseive of all the fleet was the
steam yacht Division. Such a Gathering
never before was witnessed in American
waters. There were over thirty of the
finest and fastest steam yachts afloat,
and their spick and span appearance
lent much charm to the day's scene.
When the flotilla first approached
the Sandy Hook lightship they
were spread out over a distance of two
miles. The delay at the start allowed
time for all the belated craft to come up,
and they clustered close to each other,
now and tnen narrowly escaping serious
collision. The action of some of the
flotilla was shameful, to say the least.
Their selfish endeavors to hug the starting
line to the detriment of both yachts was
deplorable and un-American.
The movement of the big flotilla when
the change of course was made was an im
pressive scene. The first known of the
change of course was when the judges'
boat took up her anchor and headed with
the two racers toward the Jersey shore.
In a few minutes the fleet was headed in
the same direction, and as it moved
along stretched out in a long
line, calculated over two miles in
length. After the yachts started the
fleet gave chase, and owing to the light
wind the slowest craft was able to keep
abreast of the racing sloops. There were
crafts fore and aft, to the port and to star
board, and the wash interfered with the
progress of both boats to a more or less
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
extent. As the yachts moved along some
of the flotilla grew bolder and bolder, and
came closer and closer to the racers until
shamed off by the shouts from other crafts
of the fleet.
The steamboat John Sylvester waa
notably one of the offenders and paid
absolutely no attention to the shouts of
warning from the committee boat. The
Sylvester passed dangerously near to the
Btern of the sloops just after the start and
sent a big wash into their water.
It was an interesting journey down to
the stakeboat. Bands played, happy ex
cursionists sana and rent the air with
yell 3 for the Defender. At the turn the
fleet steamed ahead and stood by for the
yachts to round. As the Defender went
around with her big balloon jib flying to
the wind a mighty salute was sent forth and
kept up for several minutes. The fleet
joined the sloops in the reach for home.
They divided their attention between the
racers, and were spread out for a mile.
They were to the leeward of the yachts,
and consequently did not bother them so
much as they did to the beat to the first
turn. It was a long trip to the boat, many
of the boats running ahead for advan
tageous positions. When the judges' boat
arrived it found the course absolutely
blocked. After considerable work it was
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