John Bertrand


John Bertrand

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John Bertrand would have you believe that his main claim to fame is that he is a proud Australian. To his fellow Australians he is much more.

He is the Australian who skippered the winged keel Australia 2 to victory over Dennis Connor's Liberty to win the 1983 America's Cup, breaking 132 years of American domination and, in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport. The comeback 3-1 down and the final race victory, billed as the race of the century, was perhaps the greatest upset in modern sports history.

Ask any Australian where he or she was the day that it happened, and they will remember.

The Australia 2 team victory was voted by the Confederation of Australian Sport as the greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport.

A World Champion and Olympic medallist, John represented Australia in five America's Cups and two Olympic Games. In over 25 years of America's Cup campaigning, he was involved in all areas of activity... skipper of Australia 2 to Chairman of OneAustralia.


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