J-Boat designed by Charles E.Nicholson for Sir Thomas Lipton.
America's Cup Challenger
Size: 60 cm L x 90 cm Hgh Ref. SMA-07
It had been a highly emotional meeting between Charles
E.Nicholson and Nathanael Herreshoff during the Shamrock V and
Resolute measurement operations. The two men did not meet one
another until ten years later due to the visit arranged by Harold
Vanderbilt. Nicholson built Shamrock V in 1930. Yet again, he was
unable to equal the Americans.Although this time they did not have
eight years experience with the new International Rule, they were
out in force; for the 1930 challenge they built 4 J Class.Charles
Nicholson had only one chance to exploit the formula to the hull.
Moreover the Americans made faster progress than the English with
their yacht equipment. Shamrock V was not as fast as she was
beautiful . The last challenge of Sir Thomas Lipton concluded with
a disastrous defeat against Enterprise. But his popularity in the
United State was such that the public response to a subscription to
award him a gold souvenir cup was massive. Overwhelmed, the
ordinarily loquacious gentleman was scarcely able to utter a few
words,"Although I have always lost, you make me think I have won.
But I will try again, yes, I wil try again!". "Tommy", as he was
affectionately known, was never keep his promise. He died on
October 2nd, 1931, a few months after finally being admitted as a
mumber of the Royal Yacht Squadron. Sixty years later, Shamrock V
was still sailing under an italian flag, having been re-christened
Quadrifoglio. She was repurchased in 1986 by the Thomas Lipton
Company, given back her original name and is now the property of
the Newport Museum of Yachting, founded by the Company. Finally
Shamrock V has been refitted by the famous yachtlady Elizabeth
Meyer and is sailing worldwide for races and charter. One of her
recent greater victory was during the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
1999, were she raced against the 2 other remaining J Boats,
Endeavour and Velsheda.