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Material relating to the design of America's Cup challenger SOUTHERN CROSS

Date: 1973
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Louis D'Alpuget
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0101

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    Description
    In 1973, drawings predicting the design of Australia's 1974 America's Cup challenger SOUTHERN CROSS were controversially sent to a US magazine by Alan Payne, the designer of the 1962 and 1970 GRETEL and GRETEL II. This archive series relates to the controversy, and includes correspondence, magazine articles, a photograph, plans and a special feature article by Mr Lou d'Alpuget on the debate.
    HistoryMr Lou d'Alpuget (1915-2006) was a notable yachting writer and broadcaster whose career in journalism and writing spanned almost 71 years. He sailed skiffs at aged 12, by 17 was a Bondi lifesaver and by 18 a championship surfboat rower. He also excelled at wrestling, water polo, boxing and blue-water yachting. In 1935 he began writing yachting articles for the Sunday Sun newspaper while studying chemical engineering.

    During World War II he served in the Australian Armed Services, initially in the army until he transferred to the navy and skippered an anti-submarine boat TOPSY patrolling the Pacific. At the end of the war d'Alpuget's front page coverage of the inaugural Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in The Daily Telegraph diverted a war weary population. He sailed in the race four times and continued to cover the race for decades. D'Alpuget reported on international ocean racing including Australia's first America's Cup campaign with GRETEL in 1962 and the Admiral's Cup.

    D'Alpuget obtained an exclusive interview with Sir Francis Chichester in Bass Strait in 1966 by approaching GIPSY MOTH IV in a fishing trawler and launching a dinghy to deliver a bag of onions and a bottle of whiskey. His first book 'Let's Go Sailing' was published in 1960. This was followed by regular newspaper columns and the publication of 'Yachting in Australia' in 1980.

    D'Alpuget's books Include 'Sydney's Beaches' (1951), 'Let's Go Sailing' (1952), 'Successful Sailing' (1970 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981), 'Learn To Sail' (1989), 'Yachting In Australia' (1980, 1988), joint authorship (with Bob Ross) of 'Boating For Beginners' (1974), and contributing authorship of 'Complete Book Of Boating' (1972). He also wrote for many newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Telegraph, The Referee, The Sunday Telegraph, Pix, People, Sporting Life, The Sun, Modern Boating, Australian Sailing and Australian Yachting.

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    Primary title: COLLECTED PAPERS OF MR LOU D'ALPUGET CONCERNING THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE DESIGN OF THE "SOUTHERN CROSS", INCLUDES CORRESPONDENCE, MAGAZINE ARTICLES, PHOTOGRAPH, PLANS AND A SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE BY MR LOU D'ALPUGET ON THE DEBATE

    Web title: Material relating to the design of America's Cup challenger SOUTHERN CROSS

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