The first America’s Cup is won by the yacht America. 1851
America was a 19th century racing yacht and first winner of the America’s Cup international sailing trophy.
On August 22, 1851, America won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 53-mile (85 km) regatta around the Isle of Wight by 18 minutes. The Squadron’s “One Hundred Sovereign Cup” or “£100 Cup”, sometimes mistakenly known in America as the “One Hundred Guinea Cup,” was later renamed after the original winning yacht.
The race was held on August 22, 1851, with a 10:00 AM start for a line of seven schooners and another line of eight cutters. America had a slow start due to a fouled anchor and was well behind when she finally got under way. Within half an hour however, she was in 5th place and gaining
America was captained by Richard Brown, who was also a skilled member of the Sandy Hook Pilots group, renowned worldwide for their expertise in manoeuvring the shoals around New York Harbour.
Extra Note: America was renamed Memphis in 1860
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