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Australians will have the chance to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of one of the country's most famous sporting victories,
the 1983 America's Cup, at a special luncheon this month.
September 26, 1983, was the day that Australia II ended the longest
winning streak in world sporting history, 132 years, defeating the
American entry Liberty to claim the America's Cup.
The victory sparked an over whelming sense of national pride as
Australians all over the world got caught up in 'Cup Fever'. Australia
was transformed into a land of insomniacs as the competition
went for nearly two weeks. Night after night the drama unfolded as
Liberty took a 3-1 lead, it looked like the Americans would prevail
However, in an amazing turn around, the Aussies dug in and
clawed their way back into the competition, by evening up the
series 3-3. The 7th race dubbed the 'Race of the Century' started
in light conditions and Liberty established a 57 second lead at the
5th mark. With only a spinnaker run and a windward beat to the
finish, it looked like it was all over for the Australians. Amazingly,
they picked up better wind on the run and enjoyed a shift in the
breeze, rounding the final mark with a 21 second advantage. Forty
five tacks later, Australia II covering every move the American's
made, finally crossed the line 42 seconds ahead. They had done it!
Spontaneous mayhem broke out on Rhode Island Sound as
hundreds of spectator craft converged on Australia II. In the pre-
dawn in Australia, the celebrations began ... even Prime Minister
Bob Hawke, was caught up in the thick of festivities at Royal Perth
anyone for not turning up for work today, is a Bum!"
At the lunch, skipper John Bertrand and crew will be joined by
syndicate chairman Alan Bond to take part in a discussion panel,
giving an insight into the successful campaign and the effect it
had on their lives and Australia.
Join the crew of Australia II to celebrate
the 30th anniversary of their famous victory
"Looking back at 1983, Australia was coming out of a tough
recession, we had been severely affected by bushfires and floods,"
saidBertrand. "I thinkthe way that we were able to comebackfrom
three-one down, with our backs against the wall to break the 132
year winning streak by the Americans captured the imagination of
the Australian population, and in many ways continues to today.
"It was the ultimate team performance, our team culture was
of resilience. We came back from the dead to win and people have
learnt a lot from that over the years."
Tickets are available for $297pp with the function being held
from 12pm-3pm on Thursday, 26 September, at the Hilton Grand
Ballroom, George St, Sydney. See www.hurricaneevents.com/
As there are five of the crew living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney,
the Royal Motor Yacht Club at 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport will be
hosting drinks and canapés for members of the crew and guests on Friday, 27
September, from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets are available at $40pp (RMYC
Members $30pp). Bookings essential tel: 9997 5511.
Bar crossing web cameras
upgraded for safer boating
Boaters now have better access to web cameras which
provide real time footage of conditions on a selection of the
State's coastal bars.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) introduced coastal bar
crossing safety cameras in 2008 to help skippers decide whether
conditions are appropriate for a boat trip.
"Boaters who log on to the RMS website now have access
to a more user friendly presentation of these live images with
an upgraded system and presentation of vision from 14 coastal
bars," Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said. "The footage
is also now compatible with iPhones."
There are 47 coastal bars in NSW. Coastal bars are the point
where rivers, creeks, lakes or harbours meet the sea and are often
described as "black spots" on our waterways.
"Even in apparently calm conditions vessels can capsize, be
damaged or wrecked on bars and lives have been lost. Skippers
are advised to avoid crossing a bar when the tide is changing as
this is when dangerous waves are most likely to occur. All people
in a recreational vessel must wear an appropriate lifejacket when
crossing coastal bars," Mr Wright said.
To view coastal bar crossing footage, go to www.maritime.
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