The first America's Cup winner
In 1848, Queen Victoria authorized
the creation of the "One Hundred Guinea Cup" to be made
of solid silver, standing 27" tall and weighing 132oz
for a yacht race "open to all nations."
In 1851, a syndicate of wealthy New Yorkers commissioned
a sleek new yacht, named "America", and crossed the
Atlantic to take on the best of the 16 yacht strong
British fleet. W.H. Brown, the designer of the New York
Yacht Club entry was so confident of his design that he
refused payment if "America" did not win.
was designed by James Rich Steers and George Steers.
Traditional "cod-head-and-mackerel-tail" design gave
boats a blunt bow and a sharp stern with the widest
point (the beam) placed one-third of the length aft of
the bow. George Steers' pilot boat designs, however, had
a concave clipper-bow with the beam of the vessel at
midships. As a result, his schooner-rigged pilot
boats were among the fastest and most seaworthy of their
When the starting gun was fired at ten in the morning on
August 22, 1851, the America was the last over the
starting line. However, in the end the speedy America
stunned the British fleet and crossed the finish line 19
minutes ahead of all 16 of her British competitors.
The often quoted remark by the Queen was sparked by
America's great victory. She asked, "Who is first?"
"America" has won", she was told. "Who was second", asked
the Queen? The reply still echoes - "Your Majesty, there
is no second."
The America brought the 100 Guineas Cup across the
Atlantic, and the New York Yacht Club renamed it "The
America's Cup" after the winning boat.
sailboat model was delivered successfully to the Museum
of Science and Industry, Chicago in May 2016.
Four more ship models (of different types) commissioned
by the museum will be completed by December 2016.
This America racing sailboat
model was completed in May 2016 for the Museum of
Science and Industry, Chicago. It is 26" long
x 25" tall x 6" wide. The museum's curator was
very strict on quality as well as the
construction method and commissioned the model only
after asking many important questions.
Satisfied with the product, the museum are now
commissioning us to build several more models,
including a NOAA, a contemporary tanker and a modern
S & H is $90
handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $90,
Canada and Hawaii $180, Europe, Middle East and
Africa $240, Australia and East Asia $310.
It will be added automatically during the
checkout process. Model will arrive in
about seven days. Express 2-day service in
the USA is also available during the checkout
We are in receipt of the ship model and are very
happy with it! Thank you so much.
It's a beauty!
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago"