The contest for the America's
Cup, under the last challenge by Sir Thomas Lipton
(q. v.), took place in New York Bay in the autumn of 1901, between Shamrock II.
, representing the Royal Ulster Yacht Club of Great Britain
, and the Columbia
, representing the New York Yacht Club.
The first race, Sept. 26, ended in a fluke, the yachts being unable to finish within the time limit, the Columbia
being ahead at the finish.
The second race, Sept. 28, resulted in a victory for the Columbia
In the third attempt, Oct. 1, the race was called off because of the inability of the yachts to finish in time, Shamrock II
leading. The fourth race, Oct. 3, was won by the Columbia
; and the fifth and decisive one, Oct. 4, was also won by the Columbia
, which thus kept the coveted cup in the United States
For previous contests for this trophy, see America's cup