Sport: Challenge

In the 19th Century yacht racing for the America's Cup was a series of acrimonious squabbles, ranging from simple exhibitions of bad manners to an international scandal. When benign Sir Thomas Lipton began challenging for the Cup in 1899, a marked change occurred in the atmosphere of these contests. For a generation, America's Cup racing was full of amiable good-fellowship and when Sir Thomas failed to win the "Old Mug'' for the fifth time in 1930, he sailed home with a gold consolation trophy, presented to him by an adoring U. S. public.


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