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Feb 13, 2013, 12:47 PM

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HERE'S OUR LIST OF OLD TROPHIES
The sport of sailing has its share of historic perpetual trophies that continue to spur competition. In Scuttlebutt 3775, yachting journalist Kimball Livingston sought help to put in order the oldest of these match race challenge cups. Here is what we have learned...

1. America's Cup
On 22 August 1851, America won a race against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club's annual 53-nautical-mile (98 km) regatta around the Isle of Wight. The surviving members of the America syndicate donated the Cup via the Deed of Gift of the America's Cup to the NYYC on 8 July 1857, specifying that it be held in trust as a perpetual challenge trophy to promote friendly competition among nations. The trophy was first contested in New York City in 1870.

2. San Francisco Perpetual Challenge Trophy
Encinal Yacht Club's El Sueno defeated San Francisco Yacht Club's Queen on August 31, 1895 to become the first winner of the San Francisco Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

3. Seawanhaka Cup Match Race
The Seawanhaka Cup Match Race is an invitational race run every other year or thereabouts to promote promoting small yacht racing and developing the corinthian spirit among yachtsmen. The date of the first race was September 21, 1895.
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The oldest team racing event is The New York Canoe Club International Cup which began in 1886. The rules require that the races be held in the home waters of the Holder and subject to a challenge on behalf of a club representing a foreign country. Its currently (2011) held by a U.S. team of Chris Maas, David Clark and Willy Clark, with the next challenge scheduled for Summer 2014 in San Francisco, CA.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Paul P. Nardone, Jr., Steve Chamberlin, and Jim Champ for their help with this list. Please submit any needed corrections or additions.




sailhawaii
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Feb 13, 2013, 5:54 PM

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did someone forget that the Kalakaua Cup in Hawaii was first sailed for in 1889. We still compete for it annually over July 4th weekend..


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Feb 14, 2013, 6:47 AM

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The Canada's Cup originated in 1896 with Canada over Vencedore.


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Feb 14, 2013, 10:44 AM

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Toms River Challenge Cup The first Toms River Challenge was July 1871, with eight gaff-rigged working catboats contending for the cup. The success of the first race brought an immediate challenge for a second race in October of that year, resulting in double races for the first several years of the competition.
The trophy is 14 inches tall, made of coined silver, by Tiffany jewelers in New York. The original trophy has been modified by adding a round base, to make room for additional winners names over the years.

See the list of winners at http://www.bbyra.org/...e/tr_challenge.shtml


HBI_Bill
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Feb 14, 2013, 11:49 AM

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These are sailing trophies, but for "on the water" trophies, the oldest open event is the Grand Challenge Cup overseen continuously by the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta since 1841. The Stewards were the model for the Olympic Committee and are the oldest governing body in sport. Older still is the Doggetts Coat and Badge raced for by professional Watermen of the Thames. This event meant big bucks for the winner because watermen, like taxi drivers, were a necessary ingredient to people moving about London with the need for speed resulting in good money for the faster rowers. Doggetts Coat and Badge originated around 1715.


AnneMcCormack
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Feb 14, 2013, 1:06 PM

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One correction. The date of the first San Francisco Challenge Cup was August 31, 1895.
Anne McCormack, SFYC Race Office


Dave Powlison
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Feb 14, 2013, 1:44 PM

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The Lake Champlain Yacht Club, located in Shelburne, Vermont, has hosted the Ladies Cup Race since 1888. It was dedicated as a "perpetual challenge trophy for the ships of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club." The trophy, a large, sterling silver punch bowl, carries the hand engraved inscription: "Presented by the Ladies Yacht Club--Burlington, Vermont. Raced every summer, it is awarded to the first-to-finish LCYC member boat.


mikehoyt
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Feb 15, 2013, 12:13 PM

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Prince of Wales Trophy. Dates back to 1860 I believe at RNSYS in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Donated by the then Prince of Wales.


garyedelman
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Feb 28, 2013, 5:02 PM

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The Queen's Cup, held by South Shore Yacht Club of Milwaukee, was made
by the English silversmith Robert Garrard between 1847 and 1848. It was
awarded to the US yacht Silvie for a second place finish in a regatta
off Cowes on August 19, 1853, and found it's way over the years to South Shore
Yacht Club.

It may have been awarded for other races/regattas before that. The age of
its construction makes it older than the America's Cup.


50Trophies
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Jul 8, 2013, 6:40 AM

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OK - I think I can trump all of these! The Sligo Yacht Club in Ireland still presents the Ladies Cup, which has been competed for since 1821. I'm currently writing an article on the world's oldest sporting trophies. I reckon the America’s Cup is indeed the oldest, continuously contested, international sporting event where the original, perpetual trophy is still awarded, whilst on a national basis, that prize goes to the Wingfield Skulls, a rowing race on the Thames dating from 1830. Thomas Doggett’s 'coat and badge' race, first run on the Thames in 1715, and still going strong, is older, but there is no perpetual trophy. See www.publishpromote.com for my book on the World's 50 Greatest Sporting Trophies" or email me to receive a copy of the article. Regards Jerry Gardner


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Sep 6, 2013, 4:12 AM

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Americas Cup is not only the oldest sailing trophy, but it is the oldest sporting trophy on earth! Amazing isn't it?


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