America's Cup 130' J-Class sloop Challenger.
As she swept through the British racing fleet and into the hearts
of yachtsmen around the world, she became renowned as the most
beautiful J ever built.
Size: 60 cm L x 85 cm Hgh Ref. SMA-06
The owner of the big White Eather, W.E. Stephenson, announced
his intention in 1933 to build a new J-Class: Charles E. Nicholson
built a splendid steel yacht for him,Velsheda, and he saw from her
first outings that she was a possible challenger of the America's
Cup. Sir Thomas Lipton , Shamrock V's owner, decided to enter the
fray. He ordered a new J Class from Nicholson, Endeavour.Nicholson
designed his most fabulous challenger, with a very elegant shape
and real speed capacities.The fifteenth challenge of the America's
Cup was quite a paradox:the faster yacht was beaten by the slower
but better sailed yacht. In fact, with Rainbow, the Americans were
saved solely due to her tactical sense and a lot of luck. Endeavour
layed down for years in the USA, without care.She was rescued by
Elizabeth Meyer, of New-Port, RI. Today after a $ 10,000,000
restoration, she is one of the most breathtaking sights on the
water. To take helm of such a boat is to experience pure power,
grace and speed.