Today in Transportation History – 1983: An Australian Yacht Wins the America’s Cup

In a major triumph, the Australian racing yacht Australia II won the America’s Cup. Australia II represented the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia. The America’s Cup defender, the New York Yacht Club, had held the sailing trophy since 1851. Australian sailor John Bertrand served as the skipper for Australia II, and he and his 12-man crew faced the crew of the U.S. racing yacht Liberty in the America’s Cup races in the waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Ultimately, Australia II came from behind to prevail four races to three. Her victory ended the United States’ 132-year-old supremacy in this sporting event.

Photo Credit: CTBOLT (licensed under Creative Commons)

For more information about Australia II, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_II.

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