It's All About
SINCE 1851, ONLY four countries (Australia,
New Zealand, Switzerland and the United
States) have won the America’s Cup, making it
arguably the toughest trophy in sport to win.
Here is a timeline of major milestones in the
history of the Cup. KIMBALL LIVINGS TON
1848 Made of ornate sterling silver, the
Cup is one of several off-the-shelf trophies
crafted by Great Britain’s Garrard & Co.
1851 The Marquess of Anglesey Henry
William Paget buys the Cup and donates
it for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 1851
annual regatta around the Isle of Wight.
The yacht America — and the namesake
country the boat represents — becomes
the Cup’s first winner.
1857 The members of the America syndicate name the trophy after the winning
yacht and donate it to the New York Yacht
Club via a Deed of Gift that provides a
structure for all future Cup races.
1857–1980 Famous Americans such as
Harold Vanderbilt, Ted Turner and Dennis
Conner fight hard to defend the Cup, keeping it in the U.S. for more than a century.
1983 With growing interest from multiple
countries, the Louis Vuitton Cup is created.
The country that wins that series earns the
right to challenge the defender for the Cup.
1983 Australia delivers New York Yacht
Club’s first loss in 132 years and 26 challenges, taking the Cup down under.
1987 Dennis Conner stages one of the
greatest comebacks in sports history,
winning back the Cup he lost. The Cup
stays in San Diego through 1992.
1995 Russell Coutts and Team New
Zealand defeat Conner in a 5–0 victory
and take the Cup to New Zealand. The
Kiwis successfully defend in 2000.
1997 A Maori protester takes a sledge-hammer to the Cup, pulling it from its
trophy case within the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron. The damage is so severe
that it is feared that the Cup is irreparable, but Garrard & Co. is able to restore
the Cup to its original condition.
2003 Swiss challenger Alinghi, sponsored
by Ernesto Bertarelli, with Russell Coutts
and most of the former Team New Zealand
sailors on board, wins the Cup and brings
it to Valencia, Spain. The Alinghi team successfully defends the Cup in 2007.
2010 BMW Oracle Racing wins, bringing
the Cup back to the U. S. after a more than
15-year absence. San Francisco Bay is
selected as the next home for the Cup.
2013 Led by Skipper Jimmy Spithill, the
American defender Oracle Team USA
Racing attempts to retain the Cup against
a team from New Zealand, Sweden or
Italy. The race will take place on San
Clock wise from top: Dean Barker helms the final race for the Kiwis' win, 2000; Paul Cayard and Italy's Il Moro take the LV Cup, 1992; Russell Coutts' first Cup victory for Ne w
Zealand, 1995; Larry Ellison's USA- 17 wins for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, 2010; Dennis Conner brings the Cup home, 1987.