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New America's Cup

Alinghi 5

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

Displacement: 12,000kg

Building time: More than 100,000 hours

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USA 17

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

Displacement: 16,000kg

Building time: 150,000 hours

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America's Cup

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.

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