sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : America's Cup on display at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

America's Cup on display at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

'The America’s Cup will be on display during this month’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week at regatta headquarters, Hamilton Island Yacht Club'    © Andrea Francolini / Audi

The oldest trophy in the history of international sport, the America’s Cup, will be the spectacular centrepiece at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week this month, and while there it will celebrate a remarkable milestone: the 160th anniversary of when it was first contested in 1851.

Sporting history reveals that the contest for this remarkable trophy began before sports such as tennis, soccer, rugby union and cricket, as well as the modern Olympics, appeared on the world stage.

Over the centuries this bold yet ornately styled silver ewer has stood as the ultimate prize in international yachting, and the aura that has surrounded it has drawn some of the world’s most influential and successful tycoons, and its greatest sailors, to the contest.

The Cup is currently held by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club after it was won by Larry Ellison’s giant trimaran, BMW Oracle, in a series against the Swiss defender, Alinghi, in Spain last year. Australian Jimmy Spithill skippered Ellison’s yacht.

This will be only the third time that the Cup has been seen in Australia, so its presence at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is high recognition of the stature that this regatta now holds on the international sailing scene.

‘We are extremely honoured to have the America’s Cup at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week,’ said the Chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises, Sandy Oatley. ‘Hamilton Island is already well recognised across the world as an award winning holiday destination, and now the presence of the America’s Cup at Race Week confirms we are also well recognised as an international destination for sailing and boating.’

This year Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be staged from 19 to 27 August. To date 192 yachts have entered.

The historic America’s Cup, which will be the centrepiece at this month’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, is admired by Race Week Promotions Manager, Rob Mundle -  Ian Mainsbridge?nid=87079  
The America’s Cup visit to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week was organised by Iain Murray, the Commodore of Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Murray is also the CEO and Regatta Director for the next America’s Cup match, which will be staged in San Francisco in 2013. Murray’s direct association with the America’s Cup spans almost 30 years. In that time he has been credited with making significant contributions towards the development of the event, particularly through yacht design and development.

It was on 22 August, 1851 that the New York Yacht Club’s rakish and radical schooner, America, beat the best yachts the English could muster in a race around the Isle of Wight. The stunning victory led to the Americans being awarded the Royal Yacht Squadron’s ‘100 Guinea Cup’, a trophy that had been created for international competition and was being contested for the first time.

Queen Victoria, who was watching from the deck of the Royal Yacht off Cowes, accepted the salute from the American crew as they crossed the finish line then asked one of her aides which yacht was second. The response became a now legendary phrase: ‘Your Majesty, there is no second.’ The British yachts were so far back they could not be seen.

When New York Yacht Club Commodore, John Cox Stevens, and his associates who owned the winning yacht returned home they donated the trophy to the club, their Deed of Gift stating it was to be ‘a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations’. It was also decided that the Cup should take the name of the yacht that won the inaugural contest, the schooner, America.

For 132 years the America’s Cup remained secure on its plinth in the New York Yacht Club as the symbol of world yachting supremacy. In that time the club had met 25 foreign challenges and defeated each one through what many considered to be fair means or foul.

The history of the Cup changed dramatically on September 26, 1983 when Australia II, which was backed by a very determined West Australian, Alan Bond, shocked the world by ending what was the longest winning streak in sporting history. The radical Ben Lexcen designed yacht with its famous winged keel came from behind in a cliff-hanger series to take the prize four races to three.

During Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Iain Murray and the Vice-Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, Tom Ehman, will be speaking at forums about the America’s Cup as an event, and the exciting new catamarans that will be competing in the 34th match in 2013.

The cup will be on prominent display at Hamilton Island Yacht Club throughout the week.

· The Notice of Race, including the entry form, has been posted on the regatta website – www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au

· Race Week accommodation can be booked at www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au Alternatively please call 13 REEF (13 7333) within Australia, +61(0)2 9433 0444 from overseas, or email www.vacation(at)hamiltonisland.com.au

Hamilton Island Race Week’s naming rights sponsor, luxury carmaker Audi, is Australia’s largest corporate sponsor of yachting.




by Rob Mundle

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87079

7:51 AM Wed 10 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
























IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT