October 30, 2017.
One of Australia’s most iconic sporting moments, the victory of Australia II in the 1983 America’s Cup, will be honoured in the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this week. The team of Australia II, including the sailing team and the design and executive teams will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame at the inaugural induction ceremony on Friday 3 November in Sydney.
According to the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection Panel, “the achievement of the Australia II team in winning the America’s Cup in 1983 was one of the most remarkable feats in Australian sporting history.”
Australia II is currently on display in Fremantle at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. A ‘one-third’ model of the boat is also on display at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney. Further information on the boat is available at http://arhv.anmm.gov.au/objects/132580
Seven Hall of Famers will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this Friday, 3 November 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney.
About the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame
This important initiative was established to recognise the greats of the sport of sailing – those who have inspired many and contributed so much to make the sport what it is today. Sailing has a long and wonderful history in Australia, and has been responsible for some of the most iconic sporting moments the country has ever seen. Recognising those who have been part of this history and acknowledging their contribution is at the heart of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
Nominations were considered by a highly regarded Selection Panel, which was chaired by David Tillett AM. Mr Tillett has served as Chairman of the Jury at numerous Olympic games and America’s Cup events, in addition to serving on the World Sailing Council and Australian Sailing Board. He was joined on the Selection Panel by Amanda Lulham, Michael Spies, Greg Johns, David Staley, Karyn Gojnich, Matthew Allen (representing the Australian Sailing Board) and Kevin Sumption (representing the Australian National Maritime Museum).
The Australian Sailing Hall of Fame will recognise those with the highest achievements in the sport. The ASHoF acknowledges exceptional performance and contribution at the highest level, by an individual or a team, both past and present, and covers all disciplines of the sport.