Heading out to watch the races? Wow your friends and family with some fascinating America’s Cup trivia!
- The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world!
- Famous fans of the America’s Cup in years past include the Aga Khan, Sir Thomas Lipton, Ted Turner and Harold S. Vanderbilt, who himself won the cup three times
- The cup is named after the schooner America, which dominated in a 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight against 15 competitors in 1851
- Since its inception, only 4 nations worldwide have won the America’s Cup: Australia (once), New Zealand and Switzerland (twice) and the U.S.A. (28 times)
- The winner has the right to decide the next cup’s rules, including the types of boats, the location and timing (thanks for choosing Bermuda, Team Oracle!)
- New Zealand’s Sir Russell Coutts has won the America’s Cup 5 times and has a perfect 14-0 record on the water as a skipper in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
- The current entry fee is $2,000,000 per team.
- This year’s Challengers are Land Rover BAR (UK), Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden) and Softbank Team Japan.