Sporting, The Race for the America Cup, The London Graphic Magazine,1887
From The London Graphic Magazine, 1887
Publisher: The Illustrated London News
Paper Size: 410 x 305mm
Print Size: 220 x 314mm
Technique: Wood engraving with later hand colouring
Description: Wood Engraving with later hand colouring
The America's Cup informally known as the "Auld Mug' is a trophy awarded in the sport of sailing. It is the oldest international competition still operating in any sport.
The cup was originally known as the RYS 100 pound cup awarded in 1851 by the British Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom
The winning yacht was a schooner called America, owned by a syndicate of members from the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) In 1857, the syndicate permanently donated the trophy to NYYC under a Deed of Gift that renamed the trophy the "America's Cup after the first winner and required it to be made available for perpetual international competition.
The English have always been 'addicted to sport' all through the ages and the games that people played often depended on their status in life.
Upper-class men spent their time at field sports like hunting, fishing and shooting as many were landowners and were able to host hunting events and shooting parties.
Everyone watches sport for basically the same reasons today. In the past during Tudor times, it was often to relieve anger and stress. Today, it is more about getting together for fun and relaxation. They watch for entertainment and pleasure
Sports in England have come a long way since the 1400s. They are not nearly as brutal as they used to be, though at times still rough. Rules are now official and are pretty much the same all over the world but the reasons for watching sport are all still the same. They serve as a reason for gatherings and meetings and for recreation.
To learn more click here: The History of English Sport