America's Cup turning 162 years young

The pretigious America’s Cup in all her glory
America's Cup, the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, will celebrate its 162nd birthday this week. It was August 22, 1851, when the yacht America beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

The trophy won on that day was later donated through a Deed of Gift to foster 'friendly competition between foreign countries', and has represented the pinnacle of the sport ever since.

34th America's Cup - America schooner replica sails in San Francisco Bay

The 34th America's Cup competition is currently taking place in San Francisco, where Emirates Team New Zealand leads Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals by a 2-1 score.

The winner (the first team to win seven points) will advance to race Oracle Team USA, the current holder of the trophy, in the 34th America's Cup Match beginning on September 7.

The America's Cup Trophy at the top of Golden Gate Bridge

More information is available at www.americascup.com

Fast facts:

- The America's Cup is the longest running competition in international sport and blends innovative technology with sport

- The United States held the trophy from 1851 to 1983, at 132 years the longest winning streak in sport

- Only four countries have won the America's Cup - the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland

- Competition for the America's Cup has been held in six cities - New York (USA), Newport RI (USA), Fremantle (AUS), San Diego (USA), Auckland (NZL), Valencia (ESP)

Americas Cup website