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The Original Americas Cup Winner
05-OCT-2012 Pradipta Dutta

The Original Americas Cup Winner

San Francisco, CA

The yacht that won the 1851 race around the Isle of Wight leading to establishment of the Americas Cup.

In 1851 Commodore John Cox Stevens, a charter member of the fledgling New York Yacht Club, formed a six-person syndicate to build this yacht with intention of taking it to England and making some money competing in yachting regattas and match races. The syndicate contracted with pilot-boat designer George Steers for a 101 ft (30.78 m) schooner, which was christened America and launched on 3 May 1851.

On 22 August 1851, America raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club's annual 53-nautical-mile (98 km) regatta around the Isle of Wight. America won, killing the competition and finishing 8 minutes ahead of the closest rival. Apocryphally, Queen Victoria, who was watching at the finish line, asked who was second, the famous answer being: "Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second."

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1250s f/5.6 at 175.0mm iso250 full exif

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