America was a 19th-century racing yacht and first winner of the America’s Cup international sailing trophy. On August 22, 1851, America won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 53-mile (85 km) regatta around the Isle of Wight by 18 minutes. The Squadron’s “One Hundred Sovereign Cup” or “£100 Cup”, sometimes mistakenly known in America as the “One Hundred Guinea Cup,” was later renamed after the original winning yacht.
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