86 Years Old and Still Sailing

Video from the AP Archive shows the Shamrock V launch on April 14, 1930.

The Shamrock V, built by Camper & Nicholson, has turned a ripe 86 years old.

The footage above shows a mass of people gathered to witness the christening and launch of the J-Class yacht. Void of todays advanced rigging, workers gather around the Shamrock V to manually maneuver the 120-foot sailing yacht into the water.

The Shamrock V has a rich history to go along with her long life. She was built for Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton tea, and she was the first J-Class built in the United Kingdom. In her first year at sea she won 15 of the total 20 regattas that she sailed in. The yacht was eventually bought by Italian senator Mario Crespi and renamed Quadrifoglio - translating to "four leaves" - in accordance with Italian maritime law in 1937, which didn't allow foreign names at that time.

Ah, the good old days.

Nearly 50 years later, she came full circle and was purchased by the Lipton tea company and renamed Shamrock V.

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