The Americas Cup is informally known as the “Auld Mug” and is the oldest formally recognised international sporting competition.
Races are between 2 sailing boats, one challenger and one defender (the current cup holders).
It’s not a yearly event nor does it have any fixed schedule, instead dates are agreed between the 2 parties.
Any yacht club can make a challenge if they meet the requirements in the “deed of gift” and can safely challenge the defenders.
History of Americas Cup
The history of the cup dates back to 1851 when a business syndicate out of New York bought a boat and sailed the schooner “America” across the Atlantic for the World Fair in England winning a race around the Isle of Wight against a fleet of British yachts.
They claimed the prize of the £100 cup which wouldn’t get you many boating products or gear these days nor go far towards maintenance of your sailing ship.
From there on the United States embarked on the longest winning streak in history defending the trophy 24 times through a period from 1870 to 1983 until Australia successfully challenged and won in 1983.
Americas Cup Defenders And Challenges
DEFENDERS & CHALLENGERS
|1871||Columbia / Sappho||USA||Livonia||England||Columbia / Sappho|
|1876||Madeleine||USA||Countess of Dufferin||Canada||Madeleine|
|1983||Liberty||USA||Australia II||Australia||Australia II|
|1987||Kookaburra III||Australia||Stars & Stripes ’87||USA||Stars & Stripes ’87|
|1988||Stars & Stripes ’89||USA||New Zealand Challenge||New Zealand||Stars & Stripes|
|1992||America3||USA||Il Moro di Venezia||Italy||America3|
|1995||Young America||USA||Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Team New Zealand|
|2000||Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Luna Rossa||Italy||Team New Zealand|
|2003||Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Alinghi||Switzerland||Alinghi|
|2007||Alinghi||Switzerland||Emirates Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Alinghi|
|2010||Alinghi||Switzerland||BMW Oracle Racing||USA||BMW Oracle Racing|
|2013||Oracle Team USA||USA||Emirates Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Oracle Team USA|
|2017||Oracle Team USA||USA||Emirates Team New Zealand||New Zealand||Emirates Team New Zealand|
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