Stephen Webster unveils Royal Thames Cup


Club awards Garrard cup to Round the Island Race winner next week.

Garrard creative director Stephen Webster presented ‘The Royal Thames Cup’ trophy to the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC) rear commodore Michaels Halstead this week.

The RTYC will be handing over the trophy, created by the world’s oldest jewellery house, to the winner of next week’s 1851 Cup Regatta.

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The race will be between British America’s Cup contenders, Teamorigin, and the winners of the 33rd America’s Cup, BMW Oracle Racing, which represent the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. The two teams are facing off in a ‘friendly’ series of match races dubbed the “1851 Cup Regatta,” being held as part of the Cowes Week Regatta (3rd – 6th August 2010).

Garrard has produced some of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies, including The William Webb Ellis Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, The America’s Cup and The Premier League Trophy. Garrard has a long history of crafting trophies for the RTYC, including 11 which are currently in the collection.

Webster said: “In 1776, Garrard made the first competitive sailing trophy, The Cumberland Cup, followed by the original America’s Cup in 1852. Therefore when a new trophy was required for the 1851 Cup event at Cowes, it was only natural that the Royal Thames Yacht Club came to Garrard.”

He added: “I spent days in Garrard’s silver vaults looking for something that would look magnificent. After much exploration, I found a sterling silver claret jug made by Garrard in 1972. Though in need of a little TLC, it became the basis for this new trophy. After months of careful restoration, the trophy has been decorated with a contemporary silver design in the tradition of Garrard’s fine craftsmanship and placed upon a tall ebony base.”


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