1850-On the urging of the New York Yacht Club to build a fast sailing boat, George Steers creates plans for the America. The low black schooner is designed using the reversal of the codhead-and-mackeral style. 1851-Answering a challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron, the schooner America enters the Hundred Guinea Cup Race, a 53 mile race around the Isle of Wight. It easily defeats the 14 British ships and is awarded the Hundred Guinea Cup.On August 25th Queen Victoria herself visits the ship. America returns home and presents the New York Yacht Clup with its prize, which is renamed America's Cup
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