Yachting and Sailing

The invention of sailing is prehistoric, but the racing of sailing boats is believed to have started in the Netherlands some time in the 17th century. Soon after in England, custom-built racing yachts began to emerge. In 1851, the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes challenged the American yacht America. The race took place in the Solent. The America won the race and took the trophy, the America's Cup, back to the U.S. where, held by the New York Yacht Club it remained until 1983. The Cup was then lost to the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia, which entered the Australia II into the contest. Meanwhile, yacht racing continued to evolve, with the development of recognised classes of racing yachts, from small dinghies up to huge maxi yachts. Yachting refers to the use of recreational boats and ships called yachts for sporting purposes. Both terms originate from the Dutch word jacht meaning hunt. With sailboats, it's called sailing, and with motorboats, it's called powerboating. And we're very glad you're probably not on either at the moment as you probably wouldn't be browsing World of Art

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