Across-the-ocean race was held in 1866 from Sandy Hook, CT, USA, to Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with the sponsorship of the New York Yacht Club.
Three schooners participated:
- the Fleetwing,
- the Vesta, and
- the Henrietta,
All approximately 105 feet (32 meters) in length. The race was won in 13 days of sailing by the Henrietta and owned by James Gordon Bennett, founder and editor of the daily New York Herald.
James Gordon Bennett
From: Sandy Hook, CT, USA
To: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
- Great Tea Race of 1866 – Wikipedia
In the middle third of the 19th Century, the clippers which carried cargoes of tea from China to Britain would compete in informal races to be first ship to dock in London with the new crop of each season.
- The Great Tea Race of 1866 | History | Smithsonian
At the height of the sailing era, four of the world’s fastest clippers raced home with the season’s precious early cargo of tea
- Gordon Bennett and the First Yacht Race Across the Atlantic by Sam …
Gordon Bennett’s extravagances were so famous that his name became an exclamation of incredulity. An account of one great adventure illuminates a playboy who was ‘savage at heart’
- #TBT: The First Great Ocean Race | 48ºNorth.com
The first Trans Atlantic Yacht Race was sailed during the rugged winter months of 1866 from Sandy Hook in New York Harbor across the Atlantic Ocean to Cowes, England.
- Adventurous Use of the Sea: The Cruising Club of America | Mystic …
For 3,000 years the sea was a place of commerce and conflict, a place where adventure was incidental to making a living or serving a nation.