America's Cup trophy to be on display at Annapolis Sailboat Show

The oldest and most coveted trophy of the sailing world will be on display at the 2015 Annapolis Sailboat Show.

The America's Cup Trophy is carried from a Royal Marine landing craft after it arrived in Portsmouth, England for the America's Cup World Series kickoff.AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Annapolis Yacht Club officially announced that it will serve as first stop on the America's Cup Trophy tour.

Tucker Thompson, who was recently named Television and Public Host of the 35th America's Cup, will bring the "Auld Mug" to Annapolis Yacht Club on Oct. 1. This is an opportunity to view one of the most iconic trophies in sports history while attending a special presentation by Thompson, a longtime AYC member.

"As soon as I got this job I thought that being able to begin right here at the Annapolis Yacht Club would be an immensely proud moment for me to kick off the world tour," said Thompson, who now resides in San Francisco after living in Annapolis for many years.

Organizers said the event will also serve as a fundraiser that will directly benefit sailors of the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, a pair of Annapolis Yacht Club members who were members of syndicates that captured the America's Cup will be honored.

The America's Cup Tour includes a full multimedia presentation in support of the 35th America's Cup and covers all aspects of the event: its history, the role of technology, the future of the series, and what to expect in Bermuda for this world-class event. Thompson's goal is to bring the America's Cup Tour to one-hundred venues around the world over the next two years, including yacht clubs, regattas, boat shows, and corporate gatherings.

The trophy will be featured at the Annapolis Boat Show's VIP Preview Day on Thursday, Oct. 8 and at the Premier Launch Party later that evening along with keynote speaker Tucker Thompson, the America's Cup host. Attendees will also be able to see the trophy Friday October 9.

The sailboat show will continue throughout Monday, Oct. 12 at City Dock.