UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Pequot Yacht Club circa 1956 video

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pequot Yacht Club circa 1956 video


Pequot Yacht Club: Atlantics, Briggs Cunningham towing Blue Jays and Lightnings,
PYC Blue Jay Regatta..circa 1956.

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Arthur Jennings writes: "I recognize a number of people and many of the yachts at anchor. The film was taken in a transitional time for sails from cotton to synthetic cloth. The importance of Briggs Cunningham to Southport Harbor is very significant. Featured in the movie is the fabulous power boat "The Escort" with Captain Walter at the wheel. This yacht was designed by the famous Sparkman and Stephens in New York. I believe that only two of these yachts were ever built."
Briggs also skippered the victorious yacht Columbia in the 1958 America's Cup race, and invented the eponymous device, the Cunningham, for increasing the speed of racing sailboats.
Biographies: http://www.briggscunningham.com/home/biography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briggs_Cunningham

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