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1987 America's Cup commemorative lapel pin

Date: c 1987
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 x 19 x 19 mm
Medium: Metal, enamel
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Sail America Foundation
Object Name: Lapel pin
Object No: 00004961

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    Description
    This lapel pin featuring the yacht STARS & STRIPES, was produced for the America's Cup challenge in 1987. The San Diego Yacht Club in STARS & STRIPES defeated the Royal Perth Yacht Club in KOOKABURRA III in Fremantle, Western Australia to take out the 26th America's Cup.
    SignificanceThis lapel pin commemorates the 1987 America's Cup Yacht Race held in Fremantle, Western Australia. The America's Cup is still a major event in the yachting calendar and the 1987 America's Cup race was significant in being the last race to be contested by 12 metre yachts.
    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.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: 1987 America's Cup commemorative lapel pin

    Primary title: SQUARE LAPEL PIN, FEATURES GOLD STARS ON A WHITE BACKGROUND, "STARS AND STRIPES" IS WRITTEN IN GOLD IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER

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