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Lot #63
Sold For$55,000.00(hammer price)
 $66,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedOctober 16, 2019


Rhode Island/Pennsylvania, 1937-2017

The Chase, Shamrock V. Signed and dated lower left John Mecray 1999".
This is the fourth painting of Shamrock V by John Mecray. Here, Mecray depicts Shamrock V sailing downwind in the Solent in her last race before going to America for the 1930 America's Cup, leading King George V's Britannia, with the rest of the "The Big Class" yachts in the distance under the cloud of her tremendous spinnaker.
Designed and built by Charles Nicholson at the Camper and Nicholson yard in Gosport,
Shamrock V was built with mahogany planking over steel frames and fitted with a hollow spruce mast. As a result of rule changes, she was the first British contender for the America's Cup to carry the Bermuda rig. Following her launch in April 1930 she showed early promise on the British Regatta circuit, winning 15 of 22 races. She underwent continuous improvements, including those to her hull, rudder and rig, before departing to America for the 15th America's Cup.
Shamrock V would face the best of four New York syndicates, including Weetamoe, Yankee, Whirlwind and Enterprise. Eventually, Harold Vanderbilt's Enterprise emerged from the competitive round-robins as the chosen defender. Enterprise, skippered by Harold Vanderbilt, bested Shamrock V in four races with convincing victories, and after the fourth race, which clinched the cup for Enterprise, Sir Thomas Lipton was heard to utter "I can't win". Lipton, after endearing himself to the American public for 31 years and five attempts, would die the following year, never fulfilling his ambition to win the Cup.
This lot is being sold to support the endowment of scholarships at IYRS School of Technology and Trades.
Oil on canvas, 26" x 46". Framed 29.5" x 54.75"."


Excellent condition with no apparent signs of restoration or repairs.

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