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Australia 11 wins yachting's America's Cup in 1983

It was the first time in 132 years that a country other than the USA had won the Cup. In the best of seven race series Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, came from 1-3 down, and from behind in the final race to win 4-3. This amazing performance has become part of the Australian sporting folklore.

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