On this day 30 years ago our Australian team sailed home to victory, winning the America’s Cup and defeating the longest winning streak in history, the 132 year title held by the New York Yacht Club.
The Australian syndicate representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club fielded the Australia II and was skippered by John Bertrand.
The boat, the Australia II was designed by Ben Lexcen with the revolutionary (and controversial) “winged keel”.
This victory went far beyond just sailing and was a symbol of when Australia came of age, and really made our mark on the international stage.
Check out this excellent clip featuring a young Kerry O’Brien reporting on the night of the America’s Cup celebrations.
What did you do to celebrate the America’s Cup Victory?