It was in 1851 that one of the oldest sporting competitions was born.
For the World Exhibition in London, John Cox Stevens, the New-York Yacht Club founder, built the America, a high performance yacht designed to compete with the English schooners. The American yacht won the Isle of Wight race against 14 British competitors!
It was only in 1870 that the winner put his title back into play, defending it against challengers. It was only in 1983 that Australia II ended the supremacy of the American team.
This competition remains very exclusive to this day and only four nations have won the prestigious “olde mug” that rewards the winners: USA, Australia, New-Zealand and the Swiss.