Year Awarded: 2002
Sport: Sailing
Team Sport Australia Award

Australia II Crew (Sailing) - 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 came from 1-3 down, and from behind in the final race to win 4-3.

Americas Cup


John Bertrand

Team Members:

John Bertrand (Skipper), Colin Beashel, Peter Costello, Damien Fewster, Ken Judge, Skip Lissiman, John Longley, Brian Richardson, Phil Smidmore, Grant Simmer, Hugh Treharne Reserves: Will Baillieu, Rob Brown, Jim Hardy, Scott McAllister

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