It’s been a long time but the Auld Mug is finally coming back to the southern hemisphere. In recognition, New Zealand Post has produced a special commemorative stamp issue to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s success. The America’s Cup, affectionately known as the Auld Mug, is the oldest active trophy in international sport. First contested in 1851, it predates the modern Olympics by 45 years.The competition for this prestigious Cup began when a schooner named America won a race around the Isle of Wight against a fleet of Britain’s finest boats. In 1857 the owners of Americadonated the Cup to the New York Yacht Club (NYCC). The Cup was to become a ‘challenge trophy’ for ‘friendly competition between foreign countries’. And so began America’s 132 year winning-streak and domination of the sport.America successfully defended the cup 24 times until in 1983 they met their match when they failed to beat Australia. The longest winning streak in history was finally broken. The America’s Cup is notoriously difficult to win. Since the first race over 150 years ago, only four nations have been able to join the extremely exclusive winners circle, New Zealand being one of them.
1995 was New Zealand’s year for victory. Team New Zealand sailed to glory in their superior craft and the America’s Cup was welcomed with open arms back to the southern hemisphere. However, this was short-lived and despite having been successful defending the Cup in 2000, we lost and farewelled the Cup in 2003. Issue Date:3rd July 2017