Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Auld Mug' on Show at Hamilton Island

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Auld Mug' on Show at Hamilton Island

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YACHTING: The oldest trophy in the history of international sport, the America's Cup, will be the spectacular centrepiece at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week this month.

While there it will celebrate a remarkable milestone a the 160th anniversary of when it was first contested in 1851.

Sporting history reveals that the contest for this remarkable trophy began before sports such as tennis, soccer, rugby union and cricket, as well as the modern Olympics, appeared on the world stage.

Over the centuries this bold yet ornately styled silver ewer has stood as the ultimate prize in international yachting, and the aura that has surrounded it has drawn some of the world's most influential and successful tycoons, and its greatest sailors, to the contest.

The Cup is currently held by San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club after it was won by Larry Ellison's giant trimaran, BMW Oracle, in a series against the Swiss defender, Alinghi, in Spain last year. Australian Jimmy Spithill skippered Ellison's yacht. …

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