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Year1985 March
Current Sail NumberKA 8
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statussailing, very good
Current LocationSt. Tropez
Current CountryFR
DesignerBen Lexcen
BuilderSteve E. Ward & Co.
Length Overall19.51 m.
Waterline13.40 m.
Beam3.60 m.
Draught2.63 m.
Displacement24.32 t.
Sail Area179.5 sq.m.
Original OwnerS. Australia Challenge for the Defense 1987, Ltd.
Other NamesNew Sweden (1988)
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportPort Adelaide
Original Sail NumberKA 8
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1985 - 1987 South Australian Challenge for the Defense 1987, Ltd. - name: South Australia - home port: Port Adelaide (Australia). She is a sister ship of Australia III, notwithstanding she performs quite differently - she is very fast in light air but the 1987. America's Cup she was raced in high winds with disappointing results both in the 1986 Twelve Metre World Championship and in the 1987 America's Cup Defender Trials (skipper Sir James Hardy).

< 1993 - 1998 Sternungsbaden Yacht Club of Sweden - new name: New Sweden - home port: Sternungsund (Sweden).

1998 - 2004 South Australia (GB) Ltd. (Elisabeth Marlin) - home port: Saint Tropez (France). She entered several regattas of the Class in the Mediterranean, but without success. In 2001 she won the 12m Class World Championship during the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes. Skipper was Russel Coutts, who had previously tuned up the yacht moving the mast and with other minor changes.

2005 - 2015 S.F.A. (Jean-Claude Perdriel, the same owner of Sovereign) - homeport: Antibes (France). In 2007, at Chantiers Trehard in Antibes (France), she is undergone to a full refit under the project of Jacques Fauroux: new keel with a "tandem" design, new rudder of new design, new cockpit, new Harken winches, new carbon boom, a new set of 3DL sails by North Sails Italy. The yacht is for sale at the price of $ 650,000 (2009).

Since 2015 (March) Steve Bowden, a British citizen, sailing in the Solent and also in the Mediterranean. South Australia was purchased at a very low price and she has been moved in the Solent for this year, but is said to return in the Mediterranean in the futurs. She will be repainted according to the original version.

World Championships Results: 1986 in Perth: twelfth 1987 in Porto Cervo: semifinal 1988 in Lulea (Sweden), under the name of New Sweden: third 1999 in Saint Tropez: fourth 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): Grand Prix division: winner

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