N. Bavier, Jr.
The wrong kind of record was set by a challenger
in 1964 when the English SOVEREIGN lost one race by
20 minutes and 24 seconds to CONSTELLATION, the worst
drubbing in Cup race history since 1886 when MAYFLOWER
defeated GALATEA by 29 minutes and 8 seconds.
Robert N. Bavier Jr. was the skipper of CONSTELLATION
in the America's Cup defense of 1964, defeating SOVEREIGN
in four straight races. The American's lopsided victory
resulted more from a long series of selection races
which brought CONSTELLATION to the proper level of
excellence than from the shortcomings of the challenger.
CONSTELLATION had to battle AMERICAN EAGLE through
a series of difficult and close trial races. In July
and August, AMERICAN EAGLE consistently defeated CONSTELLATION
with Eric Ridder at the helm. Ridder asked his relief
helmsman, Robert N. Bavier Jr., to take over and that
was the beginning of the end for AMERICAN EAGLE. Bavier
won six out of seven races from AMERICAN EAGLE in
the final trials and was selected to defend the Cup.
Bob Bavier covered America's Cup competition for
more than 50 years, both as a participant and a journalist.
He was the former President and Publisher of YACHTING
magazine and was later a member of the Selection Committee
of the New York Yacht Club.