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Year1985 September
Current Sail NumberKA 9
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current LocationJapan
Current CountryJP
DesignerBen Lexcen
BuilderSteve E. Ward & Co.
Original OwnerAmerica's Cup Defence '87 Ltd.
Other NamesBengal III
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportPerth
Original Sail NumberKA 9
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1985 - 1987 America?s Cup Defence ?87, Ltd. (Alan Bond) - name: AUSTRALIA III - homeport: Perth She is the first of the two boats designed by Ben Lexcen for the 26th America's Cup - she is sistership to South Australia as Bond and Sir James Hardy had decided to share common experience for the Cup defense; she has a more freeboard and more volume in her ends than Australia II which was designed specifically for the generally light airs and the relatevely smooth seas off Newport. In fact, she is a powerful boat and she wins (Colin Beashel skipper) easely the 1986 World Championship held in Fremantle. She was then outperformed by Australia IV, very different and much faster thanks to the experience acquired in the trials with Australia II.

1993 - 2008 Bengal Bay Club Yacht Challenge - home port: Ise (Japan)

2008 Troy Yaw - home port: Miri, Sarawak (Borneo).

World Championships Results: 1986 in Perth (Australia): third 1987 in Porto Cervo (Italy): second 1988 in Lulea (Sweden), under the name of Bengal III: second

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