First, a little history. Back in the days of sail, shipping companies were keen to build ocean going cargo vessels that were also fast. The sooner one could make the trip across the Atlantic, the sooner the cargo could be off loaded, the sooner new cargo could be brought aboard, the sooner the ship could return and the more money the ship owner could make from transportation fees.
One of the fastest clipper ships in 1851 was the America. It happened to be in jolly old England one day when it was time for the annual race around the Isle of Wight. Having just unloaded its cargo and with a short wait for its next consignment of freight to arrive at the docks, the captain decided to enter the race.
It won and took home the trophy. English yachtsmen decided to win the Cup back and a racing series was born. The trophy is called The America's Cup because it was first won by the America. If the ship had been named Grymonx, then it would have been called the Grymonx Cup and we probably wouldn't be having this discussion.
Here is the latest from the rumor mill:
If you have read this far, you may be interested in the following links:Newey keen to join $130m America's Cup bid
Famous British sailor Sir Ben Ainslie has admitted Adrian Newey could play a key role in his America's Cup yachting project. Newey, the highest paid and most highly regarded engineer in formula one, is already making headlines after it emerged he is stepping back at Red Bull in order to get involved in other technology projects.
Increasingly frustrated with F1's ever-tightening regulations, he has admitted his interest in top yacht design in the past, and has often been linked with Ainslie. On Tuesday, Ainslie's $130 million British challenge for the 2017 America's Cup was launched. He was quoted by the Guardian: "I've had a couple of really good chats with Adrian. He's keen on racing in the America's Cup, it's great for us. He clearly has a lot of commitments still with formula one and it really depends how he can fit something in and being involved in the team," said Ainslie.
Ainslie's Newey link could tie in with the newly-revealed Red Bull 'Advanced Technologies Centre', reportedly devised to keep Newey out of the clutches of rival F1 teams. "It (yacht design) is all about aerodynamics and hydraulics so we've already started discussions with the motor sport teams in the formula one world," Ainslie said. He confirmed that Newey is "keen to help" a British team win the America's Cup."There has been a lot of talk about Adrian joining the team and I have met with Adrian a number of times," Ainslie told BBC radio.
America's Cup History
Current America's Cup Rules
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