Sunday, September 26, 2021
The United States must drop the trophy
After a historic bankruptcy, you need artisans
Over the past few years, the winner of the United States Cup has changed again and again. It is not always the most traditional sailing competition in the world. For 132 years there was only one winner at the first event: Team USA. Until 1983. Then, first, the alignment work is necessary.
When the longest winning streak in game history was broken 132 years later, the artisans first had to move to Midtown Manhattan. No member of the feudal New York Boat Club could have imagined that the “Alt Mug” would be removed from the showcase at the club. That is why the 67.5 cm high Britannia metal jug was firmly screwed to a pedestal.
But it’s true: the Royal Perth Boat Club’s Australia II won one of the most coveted sports trophies in the world on September 26, 1983, from Captain John Bertrand, from Liberty in Dennis Connor. The challengers advanced 41 seconds ahead of Newport / Rhode Island in the seventh and decisive race, plunging an entire continent into a frenzy of joy.
Because it was a victory for the uncompromising “Aussies” against the American shipping company. A boxing kangaroo with red gloves swayed on the pole of the successful boat. The official anthem of Bertrand’s group is not a cottage song, but a cult song by Men at Work called “Down Under”. To this day, Australia II is the main attraction of the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremont.
With new technology such as the highly controversial Wing Keel and Kevlar-reinforced sails, the new sailing heroes revolutionized time-honored but somewhat outdated, traditional competition. The unprecedented humiliation did not let the defeated longtime winners rest, and it was four years later that Connor brought the trophy to the United States before Perth. However, the invincible brilliance was lost forever.
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