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Material relating to the America's Cup

Date: 1980 - 1985
Overall: 350 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Louis D'Alpuget
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0106

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    This archive series numbered [001] - [082] consists of material collected by yachting journalist Mr Lou d'Alpuget relating to the 1983 America's Cup. It includes brochures, correspondence, crew lists, feature articles by d'Alpuget, information and fact sheets, newspaper clippings, official notices of results, photographs, press kits, press releases, programs, sailing instructions, souvenir publications, and special submissions. The material details the winged keel controversy and early preparations for Australia's 1987 defence.

    In 1983 AUSTRALIA II defeated the America's Cup defender LIBERTY and became the first challenging yacht to win the cup. The challenge was held amidst an international controversy over the revolutionary design of Ben Lexcen's winged keel which the New York Yacht Club argued was outside the international yacht racing union's measurement rule for the twelve metre class.
    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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    Web title: Material relating to the America's Cup

    Assigned title: Collected papers of Mr Lou D'alpuget relating to the Americas Cup challenge 1983, includes, brochures, correspondence, crew lists, feature articles by Mr Lou D'alpuget, information and fact sheets, newspaper clippings etc

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