America’s Cup-winning sparmaker, aerospace engineer and composites innovator and closely involved with America’s Cup technology for well over half a century, Eric Hall offers a little more insight into just how deeply that heritage runs

Returning from the Bermuda Race in 1958, as our family cutter Nimrod V (ex and again Blitzen) was passing Block Island we were excited to see two America’s Cup contenders appearing out of the fog that was just burning off in the noon-day sun. It didn’t take us long to figure out it was 1938-built Vim (same year as Nimrod) practising with their trial horse Gleam. That was day one of what became for me over 50 years of sometimes obsessive interest and participation in the America’s Cup.


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