<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro 188.8.131.52 --><FONT face=Arial><P>Why is it still called the "Americas Cup" if the United States (America) lost the Cup first to Australia and then to New Zealand? Shouldnt it be called the "Australia's Cup," or the "New Zealand's Cup?" </P><P>Collen and Carl<BR></FONT><FONT size=2><BR></FONT><B><FONT face=Arial>Mark Matthews responds:</P></B><P>The Americas Cup actually has its origins in a sailing race held in 1851 off Cowes, England, when the schooner <EM>America</EM> beat 14 other boats for a silver trophy. In 1887, George Schyler (the sole surviving owner of the schooner <I>America</I>) assigned the Cup to the New York Yacht Club by way of a Deed of Gift, and subsequently the club announced that it would accept challenges for the "America's Cup," thus firmly establishing the name. The deed stipulated that the trophy be used as a perpetual trophy. Entries from the US went on to win the Americas Cup from 1851-1983 when the Australians won against Dennis Conner, breaking the worlds longest winning streak in sports. We won it back in 1987 and lost it in New Zealand in 1995 to a stinging 5-0 defeat from which were still reeling. Because the event has been known as the Americas Cup for so long, it may always be soeven when neither the race nor the Cup is in America.</P><P><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=8> </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=center><A href="http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm?pid=10164"><IMG height=75 src="http://www.sailnet.com/images/content/authors/matthews/000902_QA.gif" width=320 border=0></A></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><P></P></FONT></HTML>
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