On march 31st, 1981, a telex adressed to the New York Yacht Club was sent from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, signed by the president, H.H. Aga Khan: It was the beginning of the Americas Cup adventure.
131 years ago the shooner America sailed to England and won the hundred Guineas Cup. The trophy was carried to the U.S.A. and was renamed Americas Cup, up to 1980, no one succeded in taking it away from the New York Yach Club.
Designed by the Roman naval architect Andrea Vallicelli, the 12- metre named Azzurra was the result of the best Italian technology could offer.