1851, U.S.A.

The schooner America was the winner of the first race of the One Hundred Guineas Trophy.

The schooner America was commissioned by the New York Yacht Club. Her innovative and shapely design was outstanding in various aspects such as the shape of her hull and waterline, the beam which was located further back than normal, her minimal draught, her light manoeuvrability and most of all the cut of her lighter cotton sails.

Under the command of Captain Dick Brown, America set sail for England in order to take part in the frist regatta around the Isle of Wight where no handicap was given for differences in tonnage or rigging. The prize was a 100 guineas trophy. America won a supreme victory against the British squadron. The reply to Queen Victoria’s enquiry as to who was second “There is no second, your Majesty” remains famous in the U.S.A.

The One Hundred Guineas Trophy was later on renamed the America’s Cup Trophy after its first winner and to this day remains the most famous of the regattas.

After the initial race, America had a long history with many owners under different names. She took part in races but also served as a blockade runner in the American Civil War, was scuttled, raised, repaired before resuming service during the war, then used as a training ship and finally disappeared due to neglect. Only the sculpted eagle which adorned her stern has been preserved and can be seen in the New York Yacht Club.