Dorset

'Lost' Canford Cup trophy presented at Dorset regatta

Canford Cup
Image caption The Canford Cup was first awarded in the 1849 Poole Regatta

A yachting trophy which disappeared from public view more than 150 years ago has been presented at a biennial regatta in Dorset.

The Canford Cup was first awarded at the 1849 Poole Regatta and pre-dates the sport's most famous event, the America's Cup.

It was in private collections before re-emerging at an auction in London last year.

It was awarded to overall winner Sam Laidlaw who sailed the Aguila.

Over 140 yachts took part in the three-day event, with entries from across the south coast and one from Perth in Australia, regatta president Andrew Pearce said.

"The weather has been absolutely stunning - perfect conditions," he added.

The trophy - a George IV silver vase created in 1822 - will now go on permanent display at Poole Museum.

The museum purchased the cup with donations from the Poole Regatta committee and Poole Yachting Association at auction in October.

It was last presented to Gleam - a 15-tonne cutter owned by P Roberts of the Southern Yacht Club in Southampton - which won the third race of the 1849 Poole Regatta.

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