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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.

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First America's Cup race took place round Isle of Wight

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is attempting to enter a British team into the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

The UK enjoys a rich history in the competition with the first ever race taking place off the Isle of Wight in the mid-19th Century.

Sir Ben Ainslie wants to enter a British team into the 2017 competition. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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

American teams successfully defended all challenges for 132 years, until an Australian team won in 1983. Britain has never won the America's Cup.

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