The Holy Grail of sailing was on display for nearly half an hour at the Toronto Police Marine Unit on February 15.
The America’s Cup, which the best sailors in the fastest boats compete for annually, made the stop a day after arriving from Bermuda, which will host this year’s race this summer.
“We came here for an event last night at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club,” said commodore Norbert Bajurin, who accompanied the Cup, also known as the Auld Mug, with security officer Tom Potter. “We take this trophy to events all over the world that have to do with boating and it’s nice to be here with the guys from your Marine Unit for them to get a close-up look at this prized possession.”
The Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco is the current holder of the Cup, won by its Oracle Team USA last year.
Constable Richard Baker was on hand to welcome the Cup and the visitors.
“I am not a sailor but, if you are into sports, you will know that this is the Super Bowl or Stanley Cup of racing,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something like this so close and we are very honoured that it’s here.”
The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy and was first awarded in 1851.
The Cup weighs about 34 pounds and its Louis Vuitton case weighs close to 85 pounds.