The year is 1851 and the skipper on the America is JC Stevens. Against a driving wind and around a treacherous rocky outcrop the winner of the Hundred Guineas Cup is decided. The place is Isle of White – off the south coast of England. Out of 15 competitors, 14 are British, but today, being on home ground counts for nothing. The America wins comfortably by a clear 20 minutes. One of the spectators, Queen Victoria I, asks who the runner-up was and receives the famous reply:
”There is no second, your Majesty”. The crew and their skipper JC Stevens have made their mark in history and the yacht race has since then been a recurring and eagerly anticipated event which has been christened America’s Cup.
In 1992, here in the JC Stevens villa, a courageous bid was made on The America Cup prior to the match races in San Diego. The design engineers Jacob Vierö and Peter Norlin sat in the house and designed Stenungsbaden Yacht Club’s challenging boat Tre Kronor (Three Crowns). The gamble was unfortunately unsuccessful, out of 21 match races only 3 were won. But the consolation prize – the most beautiful yacht in the competition – was won by Tre Kronor. The exclusive “J C Stevens” Conference villa was formerly the office of the Swedish Americas Cup team in 1992. Stenungsbaden Yacht Club’s boat, Tre Kronor, put up a real challenge, in spite of the fact that the Swedes did not have anything like the same resources as other teams. “Tre Kronor” was nominated the most beautiful yacht in the race too.
The “J C Stevens” house is a tribute to John Cox Stevens, the commander who won the Hundred Guineas Cup in 1851 in the America, which was to give its name to the subsequent races. The various rooms in the house are named after different winners of the famous race. With its exclusive but comfortable elegance, this distinctive house in Newport style is a very special place to stay. Dinner is prepared by the house’s own chef, and guests then settle in front of the cosy hearth. When it is finally time to retire, each of the twelve rooms is unique.