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The ship, America, that captured the America's Cup

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The Schooner America Won the Hundred Guinea Cup
August 22, 1851

On August 22, 1851, the low black schooner (2-masted sailboat) America sailed around the Isle of Wight in a race to win a silver ewer (pitcher) from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Beating 14 other yachts to the finish, America won the contest.

At first, America's crew considered melting down their prize, valued at £100 (100 English pounds), to make commemorative medals of their victory. What they did with the trophy instead laid the foundation for what has become the longest contested trophy in international sport. Do you know the name of the sailing race?

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