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Today, September 26, marks the 40th anniversary of the America's Cup win by Australia II

by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz 26 Sep 2023 04:24 PDT 26 September 2021
Australia II about to cross the finish line marked by the Committee Boat, Black Knight, to win the America's Cup - September 26, 1983 © Paul Darling

Today, September 26th is the 40th anniversary of Australia II's win in the America's Cup off Newport, Rhode Island - handing the New York Yacht Club their first ever defeat since the first defence in 1870.

The departure of the Cup from the New York Yacht Club set the most prestigious trophy in sailing, off on a new direction - starting with the first defence outside USA, and one that in Fremantle is reckoned to be the best ever.


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