Charles J. Paine
General Charles Paine managed what has become known
as "the first modern America's Cup Defense Syndicate"
in 1885 with the Edward Burgess designed yacht PURITAN.
Paine was known for making numerous detailed changes
in search of better performance, and, as a result,
PURITAN beat GENESTA to become the first Boston-bred
Cup Defender. Paine managed the 1886 Cup Defender
MAYFLOWER and the 1887 Cup Defender VOLUNTEER to become
the first syndicate leader to win three consecutive
America's Cup matches.
Edward Burgess, who named one of his sons after Paine,
stated that a number of changes in his own famous
designs came from General Paine's suggestions. The
expensive and complicated yachts of Paine's day demanded
top notch management. The efforts and abilities of
men like Charles Paine often made the difference against