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Ben AinslieBRITISH people have conquered the vast majority of the world’s elite sporting competitions.

But there is still one left unclaimed for a staggering 162 years.

Embarrassingly, it first took place off the coast of the Isle of Wight in 1851, with Queen Victoria watching on.

The British boat, which was the outright favourite, lost dramatically to a schooner from the New York Yacht Club called America.

Since then it has been known as the America’s Cup – not named after the country, but the boat that unseated Great Britain as the ruler of the seas. And despite several attempts to win the competition, GB has never lifted the famous trophy.

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