Stephen J. Renard (b.1947), Britannia and Vigilant on the Solent, with the rest of the fleet in the background, 1894, signed lower right hand corner, oil on board, 20 x 30 cm, gilt frame. ARR. In 1894 Vigilant became the first America's Cup defender to sail in Europe for the British yachting season. In the Mount's Bay Regatta of July 28, 1894 Britannia won by just over 7 minutes. In sixteen races against Britannia, Vigilant was beaten twelve times.