January 5, 2015 | By Lyn Winford |
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The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two yachts. It is the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympics by 45 years. L ondon-based Robert Garrard & Co, the royal jeweler since 1735, built the trophy in 1848. The trophy was originally known as the R.Y.S. £100 Cup and mistakenly engraved as the 100 Guinea Cup by the America syndicate. It became known as The America’s Cup after the boat, “The America”, beat the eet of British yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight in 1851 and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made the Cup available for perpetual international competition. In 1852 the Cup was once almost melted down into medallions for the members of the winning team. In 1997 in New Zealand, a Maori activist attacked the trophy with a sledgehammer. Luckily its makers, Robert Garrard of London, repaired the silver trophy. She now travels with 2 highly trained security protection agents. The trophy is made from 99.9% of the highest quality silver and is never touched by human hands as the oils of the skin derogate the silver and the engraving, thus you will see only agents wearing museum quality white cotton gloves. Cup facts Each of the 34 winning teams have their yacht race recorded on the trophy that includes, the race course length, winning time and location as well as the name of the winning yacht club. The trophy originally stood 27 inches in height, but since each race of every match is engraved on the trophy, two bases have been added and its height increased to 44 inches. The trophy weighs approx. 32.4lbs. ORACLE RACING, the winner of the 33rd America’s Cup redesigned the base of the trophy to bring it into the 21st century by replacing the simple wooden base with a base made of the same carbon ber as the winning yacht, “USA 17”. When it is not being shown to the public, the Cup is kept in a non-disclosed location. The America’s Cup trophy is referred to as a “She” and travels around the world in a custom designed Louis Vuitton case which was made and presented to her for her 150th birthday. She ys in business and or rst class wherever she goes and is enrolled in many frequent yer programs.