ANTHONY (A.D.) BLAKE
A Close Race. AURORA, BEATRICE and AMERICA are close together passing Osbourne House
during the race for the One Hundred Guinea Cup (the first America's Cup), on Friday, August 22, 1851
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The racing yachts present a
wonderful sight as they pass Osborne House, Queen Victoria's residence
on the Isle of Wight. The Queen's royal yacht, VICTORIA and ALBERT is
just leaving her mooring, close beneath Osborne House. A small open
boat, with tan sails is being overtaken by the fleet. To windward of
AMERICA is the 47 ton cutter AURORA (second yacht to finish after
AMERICA) and the 161 ton schooner BEATRICE. Just astern of AMERICA is
the small white cutter WILDFIRE, (an unofficial starter because she
carried moveable sand bags of ballast- but actually finished the race
ahead of America) the large 218 ton schooner CONSTANCE and the 60 ton
cutter FREAK. The 48 ton cutter VOLANTE and the 160 ton schooner GYPSY
QUEEN are leading the race, just out of the painting.
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