Second Deed of Gift

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Second Deed of Gift
by George Lee Schuyler
THE “SECOND” DEED of GIFT of the AMERICA'S CUP

2nd February, 1882.

Any organized Yacht Club of a foreign country, incorporated, patented or licensed by the legislature, admiralty or other executive' department, having for its annual regatta an ocean water course on the sea or on an arm of the sea (or one which combines both), practicable for vessels of 300 tons, shall always be entitled, through one or more of its members, to the right of sailing a match for this Cup, with a yacht or other vessel propelled by sails only, and constructed in the country to which the Challenging Club belongs, against any one yacht or vessel as aforesaid, constructed in the country of the club holding the Cup.

The yacht or vessel to be of not less than 30 nor more than 300 tons, measured by the Custom House rule in use by the country of the challenging party.

The challenging party shall give six months' notice in writing, naming the day for the proposed race, which day shall not be later than seven months from the date of the notice.

The parties intending to sail for the Cup may, by mutual consent, make any arrangement satisfactory to both as to the date, course, time allowance, number of trials, rules and sailing regula­tions, and any and all other conditions of the match, in which case also the six-months' notice may be waived.

In case the parties cannot mutually agree upon the terms of a match, then the challenging party shall have the right to contest for the Cup in one trial, sailed over the usual course for the Annual Regatta of the club holding the Cup, subject to its rules and sailing regulations, the challenged party not being required to name its representative until the time agreed upon for the start.

Accompanying the six-months' notice, there must be a Custom House certificate of the measurement, and a statement of the dimensions, rig and name of the vessel.

No vessel which has been defeated in a match for this Cup can again be selected by any club for its representative until after a contest for it by some other vessel has intervened, or until after the expiration of two years from the time such contest has taken place.

Vessels intending to compete for this Cup must proceed under sail on their own bottoms to the port where the contest is to take place.

Should the Club holding the Cup be for any cause dissolved, the Cup shall be handed over to any club of the same nationality it may select which comes under the foregoing rules.

It is to be distinctly understood that the Cup is to be the property of the club and not of the owners of the vessel winning it in a match, and that the conditions of keeping it open to be sailed for by organized yacht clubs of all foreign countries, upon the terms above laid down, shall forever attach to it, thus making it perpetually a Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries.

Signed,
George L. Schuyler

See also[edit]

First Deed of Gift
Deed of Gift