One of the greatest competition in all of sports, the America’s Cup stands as one of the oldest as well—at more than 150 years-old. In Issue 83 of American Lifestyle magazine, we take a look at the proud traditions of the race, and how organizers have helped to bring the sport into the twenty-first century.
An excerpt from “Racing the Seas: America’s Cup“
The inaugural race for the 100-Pound Cup, as it was originally known, was billed as being open to “Yachts belonging to the Clubs of All Nations.” However, only two nations actually competed: America, which fielded one vessel, and heavily favored England, which had fifteen. They raced for fifty-three miles around the Isle of Wight, with the lone American entry winning handily.
England’s Queen Victoria witnessed the race and, when informed that the winning boat was American, asked who finished second. The well-known response would be symbolic of the serious, competitive tone over this race’s history.
And the name of the winning yacht? America. The coveted trophy had itself a new name.
To continue reading all about the illustrious history of the America’s Cup race, download “Racing the Seas: America’s Cup” from Issue 83 of American Lifestyle magazine.