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Endeavour J Class Yacht
Stretching 130 foot long, the Endeavour J-class yacht was specifically built for the America's Cup, held in 1934. She was designed for Thomas Sop with who was determined to have the most advanced marine design for his yacht. Sopwith who already had experience in designing aircrafts, applied aviation technology to the yacht, particularly the rigs and winches used in the Endeavour, making her one of the most advanced vessels of her time. Endeavour's biggest competitors were Shamrock V and Velsheda. Owing to her superior design, she won the heart of the British racing fleet by virtue of brilliant performances. Though she did not win the America's Cup, Endeavour did provide tough competition for the other participants.
Endeavour J Class Yacht: Tragedy
Despite being a pioneer in adopting the Quadrilateral Genoa that offered more sail area along with immense power, Endeavour had a downfall and suffered many indignities for the following reasons;
• Poor Crewing
• Strike of professional crew and appointment of amateur sailors before her departure to the USA.
• After 1938 Endeavour was mishandled by many crew.
• Undignified act of being bought by a scrap merchant.
• Sunk in River Medina.
• Sold to two carpenters for 10 pound sterling.
• Found completely wrecked in the Southern England.
Achievements of the Endeavour J class Yacht;
• Best yacht ever made with application of aviation technology
• Pioneered the Quadrilateral Genoa.
• Won many races with her outstanding performance.
• The only yacht of those times that gave close competition to the American defender, Rainbow.
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