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All the money was raised by subscription and was in excess of any available at any other British coastal regatta. After the 4 ½ hour race Sir Thomas Lipton received, in the clubhouse, the magnificent trophy. It was one which in future years took pride of place in his collection. Sir Thomas alluded in his speech to his forthcoming challenge for the America Cup.


The Y.R.A had been impressed by the 1909 Regatta at Swansea that it decided, without application, to include Swansea in the 1910 list. Again Shamrock beat White Heather II and Sir Thomas Lipton collected another trophy (both the 1909, 1910 and the 1926 trophies are now at Glasgow Museum). After the 1910 race Sir Thomas again spoke about his challenge for the America Cup.


Lord Ailsa (whose famous yacht Bloodhound had raced in 1909 and 1910) commented that Swansea people took more interest in the yachts than at any other place the yachts visited around the coast of Britain. In 1910 Sir Thomas placed his yacht Erin at the disposal of the Mayor for charitable purposes. Since more places wanted regattas than there were slots in the Y.R.A calendar, it was agreed that Swansea after 1910, would have a 3 year cycle, alternating with the Royal Mersey and the Royal Cork regattas. In the 1913 main yacht race Mariquita beat Norada. The Price of Wales donated a cup for the trawler race. The Hon. Secretary of the B.C.Y.C at the time of the 3 major regattas was Mr F Andrews, an ex-Swansea Rugby Union Forward, who played against both England and Scotland to win 2 caps. Many military personnel became temporary members of the club during the years of the 1st World War.


Artwork © Kara Smith

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