The race times were very close, a scant two minutes between the first and second finishers once the 40-mile course was done. The Rose Dorothea’s victory would have been sweet under any circumstances: but the fact that the fishing schooner had lost her top foremast when rounding Gloucester’s Eastern Point made the win something for the record books, and the awarding of the coveted Fishermen’s Cup an achievement to be proud of for generations.

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