The Dutch originated yacht racing in the seventeenth century, and early Dutch settlers brought the sport to the colony of New Amsterdam (later, New York). Following exile in The Netherlands, King Charles II introduced it to England when he assumed the British throne (1660). The first yacht club was established at Cork, Ireland, in 1720, but organised racing did not begin until the mid-eighteenth century on the Thames River in England. The first continuing yacht club in the United States, the Detroit Boat Club, was founded in 1839. Five years later, sportsman John Cox Stevens and eight fellow yachtsmen established the New York Yacht Club to promote good health, sociability, pleasure, and American naval architecture.
The prints measure 33.5 cm wide x 23.5 cm high (13″ x 9 ¼″). Minor variation in size is possible based on the actual guillotine cut made by the printer nearly 50 years ago. Shown here are photographs which have been carefully corrected to remove most distortion. Published in 1971 by Hugh Evelyn Limited, London; drawn by John Gardner.