Today’s event August 22, 1851: The American yacht wins the first America’s Cup Remember that a scuna is a type of sailing ship with two or more masts, generally leaning towards the stern, and equipped with sails of various types. The American ship, built in many woods including cedar, was launched in 1851 by shipyard William H. Brown.
It happened today, August 22, 1851: Yacht America wins its first America’s Cup
The America’s Cup is the most famous trophy in the sport of sailing, as well as the oldest sports trophy in the world. An event that remains popular and prestigious today. It is a series of regattas, i.e. between only two yachts competing against each other.
The great challenge at sea
The two competing boats belonged to two different yachting clubs: one representing the cup holder and called “The Defender”, the other representing the Challenger Yachting Club called “The Challenger”; The latter, in turn, is determined by a series of races between the various contenders.
Famous America’s Cup Editions
The trophy awarded to the America’s Cup winner is a silver jug also known as the “first mug” or the “old jug”. In the 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2007 editions, the trophy was awarded to the winner of a match with the nine best races. Instead, he won the 2010 edition of the American challenger BMW Oracle Racing by beating Swiss defender Alinghi 2-0.
Other challenges that made America’s Cup history
Oracle also defended the trophy during the 2013 edition, defeating rival Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. But the Kiwis replaced themselves at the 2017 edition in Bermuda, beating Oracle Team USA 7-1 and returning the trophy to Auckland Bay. Here, in 2021, Emirates Team New Zealand defended the title by defeating Italian boat Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 7-3 and winning the 36th edition of the America’s Cup.
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