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From the archives: Iconic photos of life at sea

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The Kennedys

Robert Leroy Knudsen/National Archives and Records Administration

An avid sailor, President John F Kennedy boarded the destroyer USS Joseph P Kennedy Jr with the First Lady in glorious sunshine to watch the first race of the 1962 America’s Cup in Newport. The occasion marked the first challenge for the Auld Mug being mounted by a country other than Great Britain or Canada as the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Gretel, backed by media mogul Frank Packer, went up against the New York Yacht Club’s Weatherly.

The President gave a speech at a lavish gala dinner at The Breakers estate the night before, famously declaring his love for the sea. “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears,” he said. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

Weatherly was victorious in the first race in front of her distinguished spectators but three days later Gretel managed to level the series – the first time an American team had been beaten since the 1930s. However, this was short-lived as the defenders fought back to win the following three races, once again securing the oldest trophy in sport for the US. Despite defeat, Australian passion was sparked and more than two decades later the nation claimed victory on board Australia II, breaking 132 years of American domination.

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