The America's Cup is the oldest sporting trophy in the world, dating back to 1851, when the schooner America humiliated a flotilla of English yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight, off Britain's south coast, in the presence of Queen Victoria.
This year, the 34th edition of the America's Cup, takes place from September 7-21 in San Francisco Bay.The competition always pits the current holders of the silver jug – the “defender” against a “challenger”, most often from a qualifying competition such as the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Since February 2010, the cup has been held by Oracle Team USA, which defeated the Swiss Alinghi 2-0 in Valencia, Spain.
Oracle Team USA belongs to the US multi-millionaire Larry Ellison and races in the colours of the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. By and large, US teams have dominated the America's Cup since its inception and only lost it for the first time in 1983, when Australia II beat the "defender" Liberty off Newport, Rhode Island, on the US east coast. Since then, New Zealand has won twice (1995, 2000), as have Switzerland (2003, 2007).AFP