1848, Queen Victoria authorized the creation of a "One Hundred
Guinea Cup" of solid silver for a yacht race
"open to all nations."
In 1851 one American boat challenged 16 English ships. The American
entry, named "America" came from the
New York Yacht Club.
The remark by the Queen was sparked by a great victory over the 16 other
yachts. She asked, "Who is first?" "America"
has won, she was told. "Who was second," asked the Queen?
The reply - "Your Majesty, there is no second."
It was the original "America" that put yachting on the map
and why the trophy is called the America's Cup.
This famous sailing yacht now has a permanent home in America's Cup
Harbor, which was dedicated in April 1994.