ANTHONY (A.D.) BLAKE
VIGILANT Leads ISTALENA, AURORA and AVENGER to the Finish of the Astor Cup, August 8, 1908
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With a fresh following breeze the old 1893 America's Cup defender, Vigilant (now converted to a yawl) finished first in the sloop class for the Astor Cup of 1908. She is shown heading for the finish line off Breton Reef. Close astern of Vigilant is Istalena, followed by Aurora and partially hidden by Istalena, Avenger. A large steam yacht accompanies the yachts to the finish. Avenger won on handicap and second was Istalena. All the yachts were designed by legendary Nat Herreshoff. Vigilant was launched in 1893, Aurora, Istalena, and Avenger were launched in 1907.
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