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Introduction

Phyllis Sopwith &
Gertrude Vanderbilt
Dawn Riley

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Phyllis Sopwith and Gertrude Vanderbilt:
An America's Cup First


Sir Sopwith and Lady Sopwith at the Wheel of the Endeavour with Crew
Edwin Levick, photographer
The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives,
Edwin Levick Collection



When Sir T. O. M. Sopwith's Endeavourchallenged Harold Vanderbilt's Rainbow in the 1934 America's Cup, his wife,
Lady Sopwith at the Helm of the Endeavour
Edwin Levick, photographer
The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives,
Edwin Levick Collection


Phyllis Brodie Gordon Sopwith, served on the crew as timekeeper. Vanderbilt's wife, Gertrude or "Gertie," was a member of the crew of the
Rainbow. It was the first time two women had competed against each other in an America's Cup race. Vanderbilt's boat went on to win all twenty-nine of its races in 1937.
Gertie Vanderbilt at the Wheel of the Ranger
1937
Edwin Levick, photographer
The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives,
Edwin Levick Collection



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