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It Isn't America's Cup Any Longer
Sarah Pileggi
October 03, 1983
Challenger Australia II staged a dramatic comeback to defeat Liberty and break the U.S.'s 132-year winning streak
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October 03, 1983

It Isn't America's Cup Any Longer

Challenger Australia II staged a dramatic comeback to defeat Liberty and break the U.S.'s 132-year winning streak

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Saturday dawned clear, breezy and almost cold. However, no sooner had the Twelves reached the America's Cup buoy, eight miles or so out into Rhode Island Sound, than the brisk northerly became a shifting, dying northerly, and at 1:50 p.m., with the wind around four knots, the racing was postponed until Sunday. Liberty then signaled for a lay day, putting the Race of the Century off until Monday when, of course, the Cup was lost.

The Australians celebrated the end of America's 132-year reign long into the night. "This isn't goodby to Newport," Bond said. "It's an open invitation to come to Perth and try to win it back."

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