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The America’s Cup is an international sailing trophy, with a high
prestige, dating back to 1851. Thirty-three AC Matches have been
sailed, and No. 34 is under preparation for 2013. This website begins
with 1983, the year where the long-dominant USA, represented by
the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), lost the trophy for the first time
after 25 Defences over 132 years and the cup went to Australia.
1983 was also the year when luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton
started to sponsor the challenger series, which became known as the
Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC).
The Winner of the LVC challenges the Defender for the AC.
This procedure goes back to 1967, initiated by Baron Marcel Bich of France (who made his fortune
with the BIC ballpoint pen). When he offered his challenge for 1970 he was asked by the NYYC to
wait until 1973 since an Australian YC had already submitted their challenge. Upset by the delay,
Baron Bich convinced the NYYC to arrange a challenger selection regatta instead. With this
website I want to share the computer renderings I have made in recent years of yachts from the
last 9 ACs. These include the last 2 cups with 12-meter yachts, the race in 1988 between the Big
Boat KZ1 and the Stars&Stripes catamaran, the period of the 100 ACC (= IACC) boats ( 1992 -
2007 ) and the challenge of 2010 between a catamaran (Alinghi 5) and a trimaran (BMW Oracle
My first work ended with the races of 2010. In the meantime it has been
extended by the AC 2013 containing the AC72 ans AC45 catamarans.
I hope you enjoy this web.
AMERICA’S CUP HISTORY 1983 - 2013