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August 5, 2010
Cowes Week Regatta 2010
The America's Cup is making a rare visit back to England, where the new American champion will face a British team in an exhibition regatta this week. The highlight of the annual Cowes Week Regatta 2010 will be a race Thursday around the Isle of Wight, retracing the 53-nautical-mile course used in 1851 when the schooner America humbled a fleet of British ships to win the silver trophy that became known as the America's Cup. The annual regatta has been held in early August every year since 1826, where only seven yachts took part and the winning prize was £100 GBP. (32 images)

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Yachts sail at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. The annual Cowes week regatta has been held in early August every year since 1826, where only seven yachts took part and the winning prize was £100 GBP. The Cowes Week Regatta 2010 hosts around 8,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class yachtsmen, sailing over 1,000 boats in up to forty different handicaps, over Eight days. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood


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A yacht sails in the Class 5 IRC race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. The annual Cowes week regatta has been held in early August every year since 1826, where only seven yachts took part and the winning prize was £100 GBP. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the Class 5 race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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A Yacht sails in front of a passenger ferry at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the XOD Class race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the XOD Class race close to the shore at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the J/109 Class race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Spectators watch as yachts sail at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the Class 5 race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the XOD Class race close to the shore at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the Squib Class race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the Squib Class race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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The British America's Cup team, Team Origin, left, practice start maneuvers against the holders, BMW Oracle from the USA, on the Solent Monday Aug. 2, 2010, on the third day of Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, southern England, 900 yachts of all sizes will compete throughout the week in 34 classes, with over 100,000 visitors watching from the shore. It is the 184th time the event has been held since the first in 1826. AP / Chris Ison



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The British America's Cup team, Team Origin, wins the first race against the holders, BMW Oracle from the USA, right, on the Solent on the fourth day of Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, England Tuesday Aug. 3, 2010. AP / Chris Ison



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The British America's Cup team, Team Origin, left, race against the holders, BMW Oracle from the USA, on the Solent on the fourth day of Cowes Week, Isle of Wight Tuesday Aug. 3, 2010. AP / Chris Ison



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The British America's Cup team, Team Origin, pass the Red Funnel car ferry, Red Osprey, while racing against the holders, BMW Oracle from the USA, unseen, on the Solent on the fourth day of Cowes Week, off the Isle of Wight, southern England, Tuesday Aug. 3, 2010. AP / Chris Ison



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BMW Oracle from the USA, on the Solent on the fourth day of Cowes Week, Isle of Wight Tuesday Aug. 3, 2010. AP / Chris Ison



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Great Britain's TeamOrigin sails against the American team's BMW Oracle in the America's Cup Race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Great Britain's TeamOrigin sails against the American team's BMW Oracle in the America's Cup Race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Great Britain's TeamOrigin sails against the American team's BMW Oracle in the America's Cup Race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the Class 5 race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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The skipper of TeamOrigin Ben Ainslie sails against the American team's BMW Oracle in the America's Cup Race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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The skipper of TeamOrigin Ben Ainslie sails against the American team's BMW Oracle in the America's Cup Race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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A skipper manouvers the press boat at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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A crew sails at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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A crew sail at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the XOD Class race at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail in the XOD Class race close to the shore at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Yachts sail close to the shore at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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A shop window displays different knots at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Crew prepare at the Cowes Week Regatta 2010 on August 4, 2010 on the Isle of White, England. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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