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In southern England, the Royal Yacht Club fetes the three Great Atlantic Yacht Race participants.

The yachts "Vesta," "Henrietta," and "Fleetwing" begin their Atlantic Race off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, December 11, 1866, artist's impression.
12/26/1866

The victor in the first great transAtlantic yacht race, the 203-ton Henrietta, with her owner New York newspaper heir James Gordon Bennett, Jr. aboard, together later with her two competitor vessels, Fleetwing, and Vesta, docked at the Royal Yacht Club's moorings.  They were feted and offered the full facilities of the club and ate Christmas dinner there.  Later, captains and Bennett were invited to visit Queen Victoria at the nearby Osborne House, and attended a Royal Yacht Club banquet in their honor on New Year's Eve. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 204-205.

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