The America’s Cup
The oldest international sporting trophy in the world, The America’s Cup started in 1851 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert hosted the Great Exhibition to showcase the best of British technology and excellence. They invited the New York Yacht Club to send over a sailing boat that would represent American shipbuilding prowess and compete against a fleet of British sailing boats in a race around the Isle of Wight.
After winning the trophy, the United States embarked on what would become the longest winning streak in the history of sport, a 132-year stretch of domination. The America’s Cup has only been won by four nations in its history – USA, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.
The 36th edition of the America’s Cup takes place in Auckland in 2021.
The America’s Cup is one of sport’s greatest challenges, in its 168-year history, it is a trophy Britain has never won.