America's Cup Uncovered- Episode 25 - Challenger Turned Defender
by ACM on 15 Feb 2012
America's Cup Uncovered is a weekly magazine video program is designed to show America's Cup fans the people, places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup.
Kookuburra - Audi Victoria Week 2010, Melbourne
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Featuring behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks, athlete profiles and up-close action on and off the water, America's Cup Uncovered will take an in-depth look at the 34th America's Cup edition over the next two years, offering an exclusive window into one of the most prestigious events in sport.
This week we get an Australian perspective on the 25th anniversary of the 26th America's Cup. Australia was only the third nation ever to challenge for the America's Cup when they took on New York Yacht Club in 1962. On their seventh attempt, Australia achieved the unthinkable. The historic win meant the America's Cup was leaving the USA for the first time in 132 years and heading to a new home in the southern hemisphere. Australia was now the defender.
We catch up with Iain Murray, Skipper of Kookaburra III in 1987 and current Regatta Director of the 34th America's Cup. Iain looks back and then looks forward to the first competitors forum of 2012 in Auckland. While in New Zealand we catch up with Luna Rossa Challenge to hear about their progress on their new AC45. Then we profile the world's number one sailor, Ben Ainslie, who will bring his own team, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), to the America's Cup World Series after the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.
Here is Episode 25, we'll carry the latest edition each week on Sail-World. Sail-World's full America's Cup and World Series coverage can be accessed by http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/index.cfm?seid=362!clicking_here
At the time of publication this video was not blocked in New Zealand by America's Cup Events Authority