A Welcome Return

Peter Raadsig (1806-1882)

Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 22 (h) x 30 (w) inches
Size (cm): 55.9 (h) x 76.2 (w) cm

This painting is a depiction of the America’s Cup in the year 1930. The America’s Cup is regarded as the premier yachting trophy of the country and the world. The races for the cup have attracted more publicity and excitement than any other sport in America and has become an emblem of supremacy in the arts of ship building, designing and seamanship since it began. In 1930 a new universal rule came into effect which was that the size of the yacht was determined by the length at the waterline. This was noted with a letter, the line length of between 75 and 87 feet was ‘J’. The American’s rose the challenge and designed four J-Class yachts as possible defenders creating much excitement. Enterprise, Whirlwind, Yankee and Weetamoe were launched within a month of each other; Weetamoe and Enterprise from the Herreshoff yard and Yankee and Whirlwind from Lawley & Son’s yard in Bristol. The winner was ‘Enterprise’, owned by Aldrich Syndicate. She was fitted with the world's first duralumin mast, the most lightweight at 4,000 lb (1,800 kg), and beat her opponents soundly despite being the smallest of the ‘J’ Class. She was eventually scrapped in 1935.