Wednesday, 30 October 2013

35th America's Cup, John Bertrand believes that Bob and Sandy Oatley are the right people to handle the Australian challenge for the America's Cup

From the following Sydney Morning Herald article by Rupert Guinness

Almost a month has passed since Australian winemaker Bob Oatley and his son Sandy announced their challenge for the America's Cup.

Their timing was fitting, five days after Sydneysider James Spithill steered American Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA (with fellow Australians Tom Slingsby, Kyle Langford and Joe Newton in the crew) to victory in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco - a win that fell on the same day that the crew of Alan Bond's Australia II assembled in Sydney to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their historic 1983 win over Dennis Conner's Liberty as first non-American winners.

For that week, sailing in Australia became a household topic. But now the honeymoon is over. And with Oatley's challenge submitted to the Golden Gate Yacht Club by the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, what lies ahead is a campaign that will be long, uncertain and expensive.

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