The Oldest Trophy in Sport: The America’s Cup Starts Sunday

Emirates Team New Zealand have booked a spot in the America’s Cup after clinching the Louis Vuitton challengers series. They’ll go up against team Oracle USA for the oldest trophy in world sport.

Dating back to 1851, the America’s Cup has long been heralded as one of the most prestigious sporting events on the planet. It pre-dates the modern day Olympics.

Often a measure of their backers wallets, the America’s Cup remains a sport for the elite. From Alan Bond’s famous ‘Australia II’ victory to Larry Ellison and Team Oracle USA’s comeback for the ages, business and industry leaders have been lured to the event since its inception.

Regarded as Formula One of the sea, these high-tech vessels are backed by multi-billion dollar corporations and absurd budgets. A far cry from the yachts of the 19th and 20th centuries, today’s catamarans practically fly out of the sea and reach speeds in excess of 80kmph.

Although the game has changed, the allure of the cup remains. Come Sunday, all eyes will be on Bermuda for the start of the 35th America’s Cup.