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AUSTRALIA

Year1977 February
Current Sail NumberKA 5
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusgood
Current LocationSydney
Current CountryAU
DesignerBob Miller & Johan Valentijn
BuilderSteve E. Ward & Brian Raley
Length Overall19.81 m.
Waterline13.71 m.
Beam3.71 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Displacement24.85 t.
Sail Area168 sq.m.
Construction
Original OwnerAmerica?s Cup Challenge '77 Ltd.
Original NameAUSTRALIA
Other NamesTemeraire (1980)
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportYanchep
Original Sail NumberKA 5
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1976 - 1979 America?s Cup Challenge '77 Ltd. - name: AUSTRALIA - home port port: Yanchep, WA Challenger for the 23rd America?s Cup Match in 1977. Alan Bond teams up Bob Miller with the young Dutch designer Johan Valentjin, who had worked with Sparkman & Stephens on Courageous in 1974. Her design is an evolution of Southern Cross (she is 3.6 tons lighter and she has 6 m2 more sail area). This yacht was built after exhaustive tests with five models in the test tank of the Dutch University of Delf - she has V-shaped midship sections, low freeboard and a large bustle; the ballast is placed very low; the elliptical mast is made in extruded aluminum. She dominates her trial-horse Southern Cross in all trims. She defeated Gretel II (KA3), France I (F I) and Sverige (S 3) in the Challenge Trials but she lost in the America's Cup Match to Courageous (US26) skippered by R.E. "Ted" Turner by a score of 4-0 (Newport (USA), September 13 to 18).

1979 - 1980 West Australian Syndicate '80, Ltd. - home port: Perth, WA - altered by Ben Lexcen 1979/80 with a new redisegned rigging, new sails, a longer keel, from which lead is removed and part of which is put into the bottom of the hull, a bigger trim tab, a new and deeper rudder, new mast with hydraulically adjustable spreaders and modifications to the bustle and the bottom of the keel.

1980 America's Cup Challenge 80 Ltd. - home port; Yanchep, WA - in March, sir Jim Hardy is appointed as skipper and the yacht is shipped to Newport. Challenger for the 24th Match in 1980, she defeated in the Challenge Trials Sverige, Lionheart and France III, but in the AC Match ishe was defeated by Freedom (US 30) skippered by Dennis Conner by a score of 4-1 (Newport (USA), September 16 to 25)

1980 - 1983 Victory Syndicate - new name TEMERAIRE Trial-horse Victory '82 and '83 <

1985 Eastern Australia America's Cup Defence (Syd Fisher) - new name: AUSTRALIA - home port: Sydney, NSW Trial-horse Steak 'n Kidney

1986 1993 - 2003 Syd Fischer - home port: Sidney, NSW

2004 - 2010 Philip Williamson - home port: Airle Beach, Queensland (Australia), the boat is refitted for charter. In 2005, she is put up for sale.

2011 Australia was acquired by the Australian 12m Historic Trust - home port: Sidney Together with Steak 'n Kidney, she is displaied at the Australian Maritime Museum and she is available for charter.

America's Cup: 1977 - 23rd America's Cup Challenge: Australia (skipper: Noel Robinson) - Courageous (skipper: Ted Turner): 0 - 4 1980 - 24th America's Cup Challenge: Australia (skipper: Sir James Hardy) - Freedom (skipper: Dennis Conner): 1 - 4 World Championships Results: 1982 in Newport: fourth


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