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Brief history of the oldest sport trophy in the world
America's cup history begins in year 1851. It was a moment when a radical looking schooner sailed out of the mist and sailed by the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England. It was the afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing regatta.
When schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position and saluted, Queen Victoria asked her attendants to tell her who was in second place.
The answer stunned all: ”Your Majesty, there is no second”. That reply made its way to history and still today, it truly represents the spirit of America’s Cup, and how it represents pursuit of excellence.
On that day in August 1851, yacht named America was representing NY Yacht Club and won the race over the best that British could offer. Taking the Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup they symbolically showed great victory of new world over the old world and shook the status of Great Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power.
The trophy went to the hands of brave new democracy of the United States and it took well over 100 years before it was taken away from New York.
Shortly after schooner America won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, New York Yacht Club Commodore John Cox Stevens and the rest of his ownership syndicate sold the celebrated yacht and returned home as heroes. They donated the trophy that will soon become the symbol of “a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations.”
So, the America’s Cup was born, named after the winning schooner America.
Without any doubt, the America’s Cup trophy is the most difficult trophy in sport to win. During its 150 years long history, only four nations have won it.