America's Cup History

Yachting: Windsurfing

Events in Sport

  • 1851-08-12 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1851-08-22 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
  • 1870-08-08 Magic (US) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup
  • 1871-10-23 Columbia & Sappho (US) beat Livonia (UK) in 3rd America's Cup
  • 1876-08-12 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • 1885-09-16 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup
  • 1886-09-11 Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup
  • 1887-09-30 Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
  • 1893-10-13 Vigilant (US) beats Valkyrie II (UK) in 9th America's Cup, in New York
  • 1895-09-12 Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (England) in 10th America's Cup
  • 1899-10-20 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • 1901-10-04 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup
  • 1903-09-03 American yacht Reliance (largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built) defends America's Cup for the NYYC beating UK challenger Shamrock III off the New Jersey shore for a 3-0 series win
  • 1920-07-27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • 1930-09-18 Enterprise (US) beats Shamrock V (UK) in 15th America's Cup
  • 1934-09-25 Rainbow (US) beats Endeavour (England) in 16th America's Cup
  • 1937-08-09 Ranger (US) easily beats Endeavour II (England) in race 4 to wrap up the 17th America's Cup yachting series, 4-0; it's the final competition for 21 years
  • 1958-09-26 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
  • 1962-09-15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1962-09-25 Weatherly (US) beats Gretel (Aust) in 19th running of America's Cup
  • 1964-09-21 Constellation (US) beats Sovereign (England) in 20th America's Cup
  • 1967-09-18 Intrepid (US) beats Dame Pattie (Aust) in 21st America's Cup
  • 1970-09-28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Aust) in 22nd America's Cup
  • 1974-09-17 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • 1977-09-18 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • 1983-09-26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1984-08-08 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1987-02-03 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • 1987-02-04 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • 1987-02-07 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
  • 1988-09-09 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose
  • 1989-03-28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 1989-04-07 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • 1989-09-17 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • 1989-09-19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
  • 1990-04-26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case
  • 1992-05-16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1995-01-13 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race
  • 1995-05-13 Team New Zealand beats Team Dennis Conner 5-0 to win the America's Cup for the first time
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2007-07-03 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain
  • 2010-02-14 America's Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain
  • 2013-09-25 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • 2017-06-26 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1936-03-19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London

Person of interestTed Turner

1938-11-19 Ted Turner, American founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves and winner of the America's Cup in 1977, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1942-09-16 Dennis Conner, American sailor, 4 time America's Cup winning skipper (1974, 1980, 1987, 1988) and Olympic bronze medalist (1976), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949-06-30 Eric Goetz, American shipbuilder (America's Cup 1995), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962-03-01 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975-01-07 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics 1996) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • 1979-06-28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1991-01-01 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 2016, helmsman America's Cup 2017), born in Tauranga, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • 1988-05-01 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • 2001-12-06 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • 2015-06-05 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77