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In New York Harbor, the first Great Ocean Yacht Race across the Atlantic begins.

Start of ocean yacht race from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, December 11, 1866, artist's impression.
12/11/1866

A race across the Atlantic between three schooners under New York Yacht Club rules for a prize of $90,000 began from New York on this day.  Just under fourteen days later the Henrietta, owned by the newspaper magnate James Gordon Bennett arrived at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and claimed the victory.  The Fleetwind arrived eight hours later and Vesta another ninety minutes after that.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Joseph Florimond Loubat (ed.), A Yachtsman's Scrap Book: Or, The Ups and Downs of Yacht Racing (New York: Brentano Brothers, 1887), 8.

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