Vanderbilt (1884-1970), a Harvard Law graduate was born to
extreme wealth and used it wisely, investing in J-boats for the defense
of the America's Cup. He successfully defended three times, Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and the mighty Ranger (1937), last of the J-Class.
In 1934, sailing Rainbow, Vanderbilt (1884-1970), had a tiger by the tale with challenger Endeavour,
which won the first two races of the series. Vanderbilt, who helmed for
all three defenses, and tactician Sherman Hoyt, battled back against
the well-sailed Endeavour, and won the next three races, defeating one of the strongest challenges to the Cup up to that point.
good sailor and tactician, Vanderbilt also won six King's Cups and five
Astor Cups between 1922 and 1938, and helped create the racing rules as
we know them today.