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Model of the schooner yacht AMERICA

Date: 1998
Overall: 1380 x 1640 x 40 mm
Medium: Wood, metal, fibreglass, polyester resin
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Philips
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00005500
Place Manufactured:Elsternwick

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    This model of the schooner yacht AMERICA, was built to a scale of 1:30. It was made in 1998 by Classic Marine Models. AMERICA was the first yacht to win the race that would eventually be known as the America's Cup. AMERICA, captained by Commodore John Stevens, won the America's Cup from the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851.
    SignificanceThis model is significant in representing AMERICA a key yacht in the history of both competitive sailing and the America's Cup.
    HistoryIn 1848 Queen Victoria instigated the creation of a golden cup, known as the 'One Hundred Guinea Cup' to be awarded for a yacht race. The competition would be open to all nations. In the inaugural race on 22 August 1851 the United States built schooner AMERICA challenged 16 British vessels and was victorious in the 85 kilometre race around the Isle of Wight. The competition is still in operation today and one of the most respected and prestigious sailing competitions to be held in the world.

    AMERICA was a schooner yacht designed by George Steers for Commodore John Cox Stevens. Steers was a member of the New York Yacht Club and built the vessel as a deliberate challenge to the British designed vessels that were dominating the sport of yachting. Due to the fact that AMERICA contested the race off Cowes in England and later returned to New York, it was the first yacht to cross the Atlantic both ways. The crossing from New York to Le Havre took 17 and a half days.

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