Another new "America" 1851, Isle of Wight painting
14th Aug 2018
To the sound and sight of cannon fire the schooner "America" crosses the finish line off The Castle, Cowes, Isle of Wight, at 8.37pm, August 22nd, 1851.
"America" is surrounded by spectator yachts, rowing dinghies and an excursion paddle steamer, venting steam from it's boiler in celebration of "America's" victory over the competing fleet of british yachts. The second yacht to finish, the "Aurora" did not finish until 8.45pm.
The shoreline surrounding The Castle is mobbed by spectators, eager to see the "America" finish and also to watch the fireworks scheduled for 9pm that evening.
A shaft of sunlight pierces the clouds and illuminates the "America" as she sails slowly across the finish line, against the outgoing tide. With her 'raking' masts "America" needs booms to hold the jib and foresail out in the light following wind.
The One Hundred Guinea Cup was renamed the "America's" Cup after this famous victory by "America".
The "America's" Cup is international sport's oldest trophy and the yachting world's most prestigious trophy to win.
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