The America’s Cup

35th America's Cup underway

The America’s Cup

35th America's Cup underway

The America’s Cup is widely thought to be one of the hardest trophies to win in sports. In 150 years, only 4 countries have won the trophy. Despite what it may seem, the competition is named after a boat, rather than the country. 150 years ago, a schooner named America, manned by men from New York, won the 100 Guinea Cup off the south coast of England. The Guinea Cup was a sailing race and was watched by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom that year. As a schooner representing the New York Yacht Club, this victory held symbolic importance in the world in 1851. This victory over the best British competitors marked the end of Great Britain as the undisputed maritime power of the world then. After returning to New York, the ownership syndicate of the America gave the trophy to the New York Yacht Club, as a Deed of Gift. This stipulated that [...]

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