America's Cup

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an international yachting trophy, originally offered as the Hundred Guinea Cup in 1851, but renamed for the yacht America, winner of it that year.
the yacht race itself, the oldest and most prestigious event in international sailing, now restricted to 12-meter yachts.
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What is the America’s Cup?

The America’s Cup is an international yacht racing competition that is held every four years. It is the oldest, most famous, and most prestigious sailing competition.

The trophy awarded to the winner of the event is also called the America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup is a series of one-on-one races between the defending champion and the winner of a qualifying series that takes place over a period of four years.

When is the America’s Cup?

The America’s Cup is held every four years. It is usually held in February or March.

The 2021 America’s Cup was held from March 6–15. The next America’s Cup will be held in 2025.

More information and context on America’s Cup

The America’s Cup is considered the oldest running international sporting tournament, predating the modern Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.

In 1851, a yacht sailing race was held around the United Kingdom’s Isle of Wight for a trophy called the 100 Guinea Cup. The winning yacht, helmed by a team from the New York Yacht Club, was named America. The trophy—and the competition—was renamed the America’s Cup in honor of the winning vessel. In the longest winning streak in international sports history, teams from the U.S. won the event every year after that until 1983. Since then, there have been winners from Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The winner of the America’s Cup gets to select the location of the next one.

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How is America’s Cup discussed in real life?

The America’s Cup is the most famous and prestigious competition in sailing.


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America's Cup

an international yachting trophy, first won by the schooner America in 1851 and held as a challenge trophy by the New York Yacht Club until 1983
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