Boat type: Catamaran of carbon composite construction
Builder: Alinghi-Décision in Villeneuve, canton Vaud
Sponsor: Société Nautique de Genève
Overall length: 27 metres
Waterline length: 27 metres
Mast height: 50 metres
Beam: 25 metres
Building time: More than 100,000 hours
Boat type: Trimaran built of carbon composite materials
Builder: Core Builders in Anacortes, Washington
Sponsor: Golden Gate Yacht Club
Overall Length: 30 metres
Waterline Length: 27 metres
Mast height: 58 metres
Beam: 27 metres
Building time: 150,000 hours
The America's Cup is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the sport of sailing. It is awarded to the winner of a series of regattas between the defender of the cup and the challenger.
The competition, held for the first time in England in 1851, was won by America, with a boat from the New York Yacht Club. The club held the cup for 132 years until it was beaten in 1983.
By defeating the defending champion, New Zealand, in 2003, Alinghi brought the trophy for the first time to Europe.