40 years since Australia II won the America’s Cup – 2GB’s John Raedler’s call of the final minutes

In the early hours of the Australian morning on September 27, the John Bertrand skippered Australia II crossed the line of race seven of the 1983 America’s Cup, 41 seconds ahead of fierce rival Liberty.

It was the New York Yacht Club‘s first defeat in the 132 year history of the Cup, and one that inspired then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s famous quote when asked if the day should be declared a public holiday:

“Any boss who sacks a worker for not turning up today is a bum.”

20 years ago, when 2GB was in the process of moving from Sussex St to its current Pyrmont home, Jason Morrison collected some tapes that were being tossed in the dumpster alongside hundreds of other recordings.

Morrison said:

“The entire 1/4” off-air recordings of one of Australian radio’s greatest moments. 

Reporter John Raedler off Newport in Rhode Island reporting via a special radio link back to the shore, then on to Australia and the then Macquarie Network via phone …the moment we won The Americas Cup.”

Enjoy the call, and let Radioinfo know where you were when we won the America’s Cup with Australia II, and that revolutionary winged keel.

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