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|Jibing a yacht the size of COLUMBIA was a
maneuver that involved the entire crew, challenging their skill and
timing to the utmost. Here COLUMBIA has completed a jibe around a mark
buoy and is setting her massive spinnaker as DEFENDER follows in her
wake. DEFENDER successfully defended the America's Cup in 1895 and was
commissioned to tune up the newly launched COLUMBIA for the upcoming
tenth defense of the Cup later in the season of 1899. Both yachts were
designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff. Both were worthy of defending, but the
newer yacht, COLUMBIA, with the renowned Charley Barr at the helm,
proved unbeatable in a trial series that was, by all accounts, hotly
COLUMBIA was 131 feet overall, 89 feet on the waterline, had a beam of 24 feet and raised 13,135 square feet of sail on a single pole mast. Her steel hull with bottom plating of manganese bronze had a 19-foot fin keel carrying 90 tons of lead. She was an amazing yacht that would ultimately defend the America's Cup twice.
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