America’s Cup: Looking back on 1983

When Australia won the seven race series to claim the 1983 America’s Cup, the New York Yacht Club would finally lose its hold on a trophy which it had successfully defended over a period of 132 years. While much has been attributed to the innovative wing keel of Australia II, we go to the archives in which Tom Blackaller describes for Sports Illustrated why he believes it happened:

(March 12, 1984) – I didn’t get involved in last year’s defense of the America’s Cup out of some long-standing desire to be a Cup skipper or out of patriotism or anything like that. I did it because Dennis Conner was apparently going to sail unopposed straight into the 25th defense…

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