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  Friday, 14 February, 2003, 21:28 GMT
Sir Peter Blake holds aloft the America's Cup in 1995 History on the high seas
The America's Cup has a rich tradition both on and off the water that has run for more than 150 years.
Alan Bond led the first syndicate to dethrone the USA When the Cup runs over
The America's Cup has a tradition for scandal and controversy and this event promises more of the same.
Sir Peter Blake was murdered during a trip up the Amazon in December 2001 Blake casts long shadow
A tribute to America's Cup legend Sir Peter Blake, who was murdered in December 2001.
Hosts enter history books
New Zealand became the first non-American team to successfully defend the America's Cup with an easy victory over Prada in 2000.
The early years
The America's Cup was born after the New York Yacht Club beat the British on their own waters in 1851.
The turn of the century
America's dominance in the America's Cup grew as the 19th century gave way to the 20th.
The inter-war years
When racing resumed after the Great War Sir Thomas Lipton almost achieved his dream of winning the Cup.
The rebirth
The Second World War was the catalyst to more than 20 years of America's Cup inactivity.
The modern era
The last 22 years of racing in the America's Cup have seen a shift in the balance of power.
America's Cup results
BBC Sport Online's guide to the full list of winners in the America's Cup since 1851.


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Prada and New Zealand battle for position during the 2000 America's CupLast time out
Images from Team NZ's winning defence

All the winners
America's Cup results from down the years

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