The Dutch originated yacht racing in the seventeenth century, and early Dutch settlers brought the sport to the colony of New Amsterdam (later, New York). Following exile in The Netherlands, King Charles II introduced it to England when he assumed the British throne (1660). The first yacht club was established at Cork, Ireland, in 1720, but organized racing did not begin until the mid-eighteenth century on the Thames River in England. The first continuing yacht club in the United States, the Detroit Boat Club, was founded in 1839. Five years later, sportsman John Cox Stevens and eight fellow yachtsmen established the New York Yacht Club to promote good health, sociability, pleasure, and American naval architecture.
All Prints Size Approx: 33.5 cm x 23.5 cm (13.25 in x 9.25 in) REVERSE for PORTRAIT ORIENTATION These dimensions can vary slightly dependant upon the cut made by the printer 50 years ago and these are photographs of the prints so colour, shading and printed captions may have distortions or vary slightly from the prints themselves. From the book A 100 Years of the America's Cup published in 1971 by Hugh Evelyn Limited, London by F.W. Lipscomb drawn by John Gardner.