How much does the America's Cup trophy weigh? 35 pounds!
The America’s Cup trophy is an ornate ewer, one of several off-the-shelf trophies crafted in 1848 by Garrard & Company. Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey and British military leader and politician, bought one and donated it for the Royal Yacht Squadron's 1851 regatta around the Isle of Wight. Crafted of sterling silver and weighing 35 pounds, its original height was 27 inches but has since had its base extended twice. It was originally known as the "Royal Yacht Squadron's £100 Cup", standing for a cup of a hundred British pounds in value. Today, the trophy is officially named the "America's Cup" after the first yacht to win it and affectionately called the "Auld Mug" by the sailing community.
Only six yacht clubs, in the course of three centuries, have won the America's Cup: New York Yacht Club, Royal Perth Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Societe Nautiqe de Geneve and, most recently, the Golden Gate Yacht Club.
The America’s Cup is the oldest sporting trophy. By way of comparison, the America’s Cup predates:
· 1882: The Ashes (England v Australia cricket)
· 1892: Stanley Cup (North American ice hockey)
· 1896: Modern Olympics
On July 1, 2010 the America’s Cup Trophy will be visiting Newport, Rhode Island! Don’t miss your opportunity to see the Auld Mug up close. Stay tuned for more information.
Enjoy America's Cup Sailing in Newport, RI
This Weekend's Schedule
Thursday, June 3 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Friday, June 4 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday, June 5 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 5 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, June 6 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
With the Americans finally winning the Cup back in 2010 and buzz about the America’s Cup races returning to Newport, there is no better time to experience a sail aboard our 12 Meter contenders! Come aboard and let us serve you!