The Admiral's Cup regatta was started in 1957 and was normally a biennial event (occurring in odd-numbered years) which was competed for between national teams. However the event was not staged in 2001 and was last held in 2003. It was cancelled at short notice in 2005.
The 2003 event did not follow the normal format and allowed entries from any yacht club affiliated to a national authority, thus allowing the possibility of several teams per country.
From 1957 to 1999 the cup was competed for between national teams, each having three boats. Initially only Great Britain and the United States took part but, in later years, many other teams also participated. The Fastnet race was part of the Admiral's Cup during this time.
The Australians won for the first time in 1967, the winning boat—Mercedes III—designed by Ted Kaufman and Bob Miller (later Ben Lexcen), who went on to success in the America's Cup.
The 2003 event, the last held, was planned to be based in Dún Laoghaire in Ireland, but this was changed at short notice for reasons that are still unclear. In addition, instead of being a competition between national teams, the event was competed between yacht clubs, each with two boats.
|Year||Winner||Top Placed Yacht|
|1963||United Kingdom||Clarion of Wight (GBR)|
|1967||Australia||Mercedes III (AUS)|
|1977||United Kingdom||Imp (USA)|
|1987||New Zealand||Propaganda (NZL)|
|1989||United Kingdom||Jamarella (GBR)|
|1991||France||Corum Saphir (FRA)|
- Independent Newspaper, England, 2003
- BBC news on 2001 event
- Bob Fisher (2009). "1967: The Aussies' Big Success". Royal Ocean Racing Club Ltd. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- "1971: Admiral's Cup triumph for Heath". On This Day - 11 August. BBC. 11 August 1971. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- Southern Daily Echo, November 2002
- Scuttlebutt News
- US Sailing 2003 Events page Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "RORC Admiral's Cup page. Checked April 2008". Archived from the original on 26 April 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2005.
- "Admiral's Cup cancelled". Yachting World. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- "RORC Enlist Skandia To Help Revive the Admiral's Cup". Admiral's Cup. Royal Ocean Racing Club. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- Alexander, Stuart (3 June 2009). "Admiral's Cup could be revived". The Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
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