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America's Cup Trivia
The America's Cup goes back nearly 160 years — it pre-dates the modern Olympics by 45 years. The America's Cup got its name from the schooner "America" (see pic top right) which was launched on May 3, 1851. She sailed from New York to England, participated in a race around the Isle of Wight, beating the British fleet and winning Queen Victoria's 100 Guineas Cup (an award commemorating the Queen's Jubilee year). It was dubbed "America's Cup" in the press — and the rest is history!

The world's premier regatta is the third biggest world sporting event behind the Olympics and the World Cup — it is held every 3-5 years.

Since the original fleet race around the Isle of Wight in 1851, there have been 33 matches for the America’s Cup in its 159-year history. The USA held the Cup from 1851-1983 — making it the longest winning streak in sports.



In the previous 159 years of the America's Cup, only six venues have hosted the world's most prestigious sailing event:

  • New York, NY
  • Newport, R.I.
  • Fremantle, Australia
  • San Diego, CA
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Valencia, Spain


Only seven countries have reached the America's Cup finals:

  • England
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United States

Only four countries — the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland — have won the Cup.

Source: www.americascup.com

America's Cup Sailing Race  - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup Past Winners since 1851


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The schooner "America" in 1851 - she beat out the British fleet and won Queen Victoria's 100 Guineas Cup - later dubbed "The America's Cup"

America's Cup Racing by BMW Oracle Team - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup Race Team - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup in Valencia - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup in Valencia - February 2010 - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup in Valencia - Sunset - picture copyright America's Cup

America's Cup - picture copyright America's Cup


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