The 35th America’s Cup marks the latest chapter in one of the greatest sporting stories.
The competition for the oldest trophy in international sport dates back to 1851 when the yacht America sailed across the Atlantic to take on the best of the British fleet.
The trophy won that day was donated through a Deed of Gift to the New York Yacht Club, to be held as a challenge trophy for friendly competition between nations.
The races haven’t always been friendly, and the competition is often fierce. But that’s to be expected with so much at stake, when ‘there is no second’ as Queen Victoria was told on the occasion of the first race over 160 years ago.
Since 1851 the America’s Cup has represented a pure pursuit of excellence. A winning team must excel at yacht design and engineering, sailing, athleticism, team-building, and in modern times, sports-marketing, fundraising and even psychology!
Sir Peter Blake, the iconic skipper who led Team New Zealand to two Cup victories (1995, 2000) once wrote: "The America’s Cup is what it is because it is so difficult to win... It is not a game for the faint hearted. It is a game for those who are not scared of pitting themselves against the best that the world has to offer. It’s a game where winning is almost impossible, almost, but not impossible. And this is why it is worth fighting for. It is the difficulty that gives any challenge some sense. This is the essence of life itself."
The 35th America’s Cup will see ORACLE TEAM USA attempt to become just the second team in history to win three consecutive America’s Cup matches. But the line-up of challengers arrayed against them is impressive. The battle is sure to be hard-fought - just as it should be.
|1876||Madeleine||USA||Countess of Dufferin||Canada||Madeleine|
|1930||Enterprise||USA||Shamrock V||N Ireland||Enterprise|
|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||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 5||Switzerland||USA 17||USA||USA 17|
|2013||"17"||USA||Emirates Team New Zealand||New Zealand||"17"|