America's Cup yachts: Then and now
The design of the "America" was considered revolutionary for its time. But the racing yachts of today would be totally unrecognizable to that original crew. Click on to see how the fastest sailboats in the world have evolved over the last 150 years.
1893The U.S.'s all-metal sloop "Vigilant" beat the British "Valkyrie" in the 1893 America's Cup race.
1893America's cup race start, Oct. 7, 1893.
1901The "Idler" and "Hildegarde," compete in the 1901 America's Cup
1937The American sailboat "Ranger" and the English boat "Endeavour II" during the regatas of the America's Cup, Aug. 9, 1937.
The American sailboat, on the left, carried out its tacking while the English boat gets ready to turn.
1962"Gretel" (left), the Australian America's Cup challenger, and the American boat, "Vim" are neck and neck in Gretel's first trial sail in the U.S., in Newport, R.I., 1962.
1992Okay, so Dennis St. Onge's car-boat wasn't technically a competitor in 1992's America's Cup race near San Diego (and it clearly didn't revolutionize yacht design), but it deserves an honorable mention.
1995"Black Magic," right, of New Zealand crosses the first mark in front of the U.S.'s "Stars and Stripes" during the America's Cup Series, May 13, 1995.
1995France 3, left, and Sydney 95 tack upwind in 8-12 knot winds during their America's Cup challenge race off San Diego, Feb. 15, 1995.
2001Britain's America's Cup boat "The GBR Challenge" in action during the Hoya Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, June 16, 2001.
2001"American Eagle," a 12-meter Classic division yacht, during the races at the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, Aug. 20, 2001.
2013Emirates Team New Zealand races against Oracle Team USA in the 19th race of the America's Cup in San Francisco, Sept. 25, 2013.
In recent years, sailboat design has taken a dramatic turn. Oracle's winning team raced in a AC72 catamaran, a 72.2 foot-long wing-sail vessel that can reach speeds of more than 40 knots (46 mph).