Feb 13, 2013, 12:47 PM
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HERE'S OUR LIST OF OLD TROPHIES
Oldest trophy list
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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.
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.
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.