Duchess views the America's Cup at Greenwich

The America's Cup was on display at the Greenwich Maritime Museum in London, as the Duchess met with supporters of Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to launch a British team to take part in the competition.

The Duchess with the team hoping to launch a UK team in 2017. Credit: ITV News

Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie is seeking to enter a British team in the 35th America's Cup, to be held in 2017.

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The Duchess laughs as she hears about the success Americans have had in defending the cup. Credit: ITV News

The oldest trophy in sport was first offered as the One Hundred Pound Cup in 1851 for a race around the Isle of Wight, witnessed by Queen Victoria.

The trophy was first offered in 1851. Credit: ITV News

The first race was won by the schooner America, from New York, which beat a fleet of British boats sailing around the island.

American teams successfully defended all challenges for 132 years, until an Australian team won in 1983.

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Duchess meets Sir Ben Ainslie's UK America's Cup bid team

The Duchess of Cambridge is meeting supporters of the bid to launch a British team to take part in sailing competition the America's Cup. Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is seeking to enter a British team in the 35th America's Cup, to be held in 2017.