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Material relating to international yacht competitions

Date: 1969-1982
Dimensions:
Overall: 180 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Louis D'Alpuget
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0110
Related Place:San Francisco, Sydney,

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [058] consists of material collected by yachting journalist Mr Lou d'Alpuget relating to the development of international yacht competitions. Included are booklets, brochures, correspondence, committee minutes, information sheets, leaflets, magazine articles, media releases, newspaper clippings, official programs, posters, souvenir publications, and the notes, drafts, and d'Alpuget's articles.

    The material focuses on the American-Australian six metre challenge series that began in 1969 as an annual challenge event between the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Newport, Australia) and the St Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco). With interest in six metre racing rekindled, the six metre world cup competition, requiring the minimum participation of fifteen yachts from four countries and two continents, began under the auspices of the International Yacht Racing Union in 1973.
    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.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Material relating to international yacht competitions

    Primary title: PROGRAMMES AND PAPERS COLLECTED BY MR LOU D'ALPUGET ON INTERNATIONAL SIX METRE YACHT CHAMPIONSHIPS, INLUDING THE AMERICAN - AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE CUP

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