In a lifetime devoted to good works, the America's
Cup received a great share of time and energy from
Henry S. Morgan. He was Commodore of the New York
Yacht Club, 1949-51, and Chairman of its America's
Cup Committee, 1962-74, through a total of five matches,
all successful defenses. During his frequent trips
to England, especially to annual meetings of the International
Yacht Racing Union of which he was a Vice President,
he developed close relations with the British 12-Metre
Association. After WWII, "Harry" Morgan
was instrumental in the revival of the Cup campaigns
in 12-Meters and a member of that 1958 Cup Committee.
As Chairman of the Cup Committee, he presided over
numerous revisions of the conditions for the racing
to cope with multiple challenges, technological changes
such as aluminum hulls, and interpreting resolutions
that resulted in better competition. When it became
clear that an international jury was appropriate to
decide protests, he arranged it, as he believed strongly
in equitable racing and fair play.
Henry S. Morgan set the standard and style for America's
Cup, adamant that all was done "first class".
Clubs that succeeded the N.Y.Y.C., as holders of the
Cup, have a goal worthy of emulation.