This is it, all the marbles, 8-8, the whole enchilada, the deciding race. It's the 19th game of the world series, the stanley cup or the NBA finals, and the US team came from 8-1 down to even the series.
whomever wins the next race of the America's Cup gets the Auld Mug.
A race that's traditionally a billionaire's showcase, raced on big, potentially dangerous boats at the edge of safety, using the best sailors money can buy has lived up to it's history AND seen some of the most interesting and accessible sailing in it's history.
Will you be there? I'm going out to watch the racing about lunchtime.
The race is scheduled to start at 1:15.
in 1851 a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race.
As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place."Your Majesty, there is no second," came the reply. That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.
That day in August, 1851, the yacht America, representing the young New York Yacht Club, would go on to beat the best the British could offer and win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. This was more than a simple boat race however, as it symbolised a great victory for the new world over the old, a triumph that unseated Great Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power.
The trophy would go to the young democracy of the United States and it would be well over 100 years before it was taken away from New York.
Shortly after America won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, New York Yacht Club Commodore John Cox Stevens and the rest of his ownership syndicate sold the celebrated schooner and returned home to New York as heroes. They donated the trophy to the New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift, which stated that the trophy was to be "a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations."