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12 Facts About Australia II
Australia II was designed by Ben Lexcen, built by Steve Ward, owned by Alan Bond and skippered by John Bertrand.
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Lexcen's Australia II design featured a reduced waterline length and a short chord winged keel which gave the boat a significant advantage in manoeuvrability and heeling moment but it was a significant disadvantage in choppy seas.
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Australia II sported a number of other innovative features that contributed to her success, including radical vertical sail designs, all-kevlar running rigging and a lightweight carbon fibre boom.
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Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, faced Dennis Conner sailing the 12-metre Liberty in the ocean off Newport, Rhode Island.
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The achievement was underscored when Australia II was awarded the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1983.
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Australia II was lent to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney for display in 1991.
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Australia II was returned to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, where she is on permanent display.
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In 2017, the Team of Australia II were among the inaugural inductees to the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
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