The Cup

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Scholarship -

It didn’t mat­ter that yacht rac­ing was a pas­time of the rich – when Perth busi­ness­man Alan Bond’s Australia II crew won the Amer­ica’s Cup in 1983 it was a win for the na­tion. Skip­per John Bertrand (left, with son) and his crew, with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary winged keel de­signed by Ben Lex­cen, broke the United States’ 132-year stran­gle­hold on the ti­tle, and ended the long­est win­ning streak in sport his­tory. With Men At

Work’s Down Un­der as its sound­track, the win also in­tro­duced the iconic sym­bol of the box­ing kan­ga­roo.

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