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1980 America's Cup

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Defender club:  New York Yacht Club
Challenger club:  Royal Perth Yacht Club
Dates:  September 1980
Yacht:  Freedom
Yacht:  Australia
1980 America's Cup
Location:  Newport, Rhode Island, United States

The 1980 America's Cup was held in September 1980 at Newport, Rhode Island. The US defender, Freedom, skippered by Dennis Conner, defeated the Australian challenger, Australia, skippered by James Hardy, four races to one. This was the last successful defence of the cup by the New York Yacht Club and the last defender designed by the naval architectural firm Sparkman & Stephens. It was the sixth unsuccessful challenge by Australia and the third by Alan Bond.

Freedom had beaten Courageous and Clipper to become the defender. Australia had beaten France III, Lionheart and Sverige to become the challenger.


1980 America's Cup Wikipedia

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