These 10 Rare Photos Show Rhode Island’s America’s Cup History Like Never Before
Rhode Island is synonymous with America’s Cup history. The America’s Cup trophy is one of the oldest and most prestigious in sports, and it is also one of the longest-running events in sports. It dates back to 1851 when the schooner “America” won the cup from the Royal Yacht Squadron. The race’s history in Rhode Island began with Bristol’s Nathaniel G. Herreshoff. Captain Nat designed and built a string of winning Americas Cup boat from 1893 to 1920 out of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol. In 1930, the New York Yacht Club brought the America’s Cup race to Newport and Narragansett Bay. There it remained until 1983 when the United States lost to Australia.
There’s no question Rhode Island has fascinating America’s Cup history. Remember the America’s Cup days in Newport? Leave your stories in the comments section.