The Americas Cup that changed everything! This is the 25th Anniversary Special Edition of the historic 1983 America s Cup yacht race. Australia II skippered by John Bertrand beats Dennis Conner s Liberty to end the 132-year domination of the Americas Cup by the New York Yacht Club, breaking longest winning streak in sports history! This is the undisputed greatest sailing event of the 20th Century. A unique documentary of Newport and the Aussie victory shot before the big networks dominated the Cup coverage. The documentary opens with a quick tour of Newport, a city with more historic firsts than any other in the US, such as the first casino, the first library, etc. Then you meet the 12 meter yachts, and the key players leading up to the incredible final race. The big build-up begins when Dennis Conners Liberty is selected by the New York Yacht Club to defend the Cup over Ted Turner s old Courageous, skippered by John Kolius. Then thousands invade Newport as the final race between Liberty and Australia II shapes up to be the Race of the Century. Then you move in with hundreds of boats for the most dramatic close-up ever of the tumultuous congratulations and celebration on the water minutes after Bertrand and crew cross the finish line into history. This is a unique inside view of the great race never seen in typical network coverage. As a bonus, also included is a never before seen exclusive interview with John Bertrand the skipper of the victorious Australia II and author of the book Born To Win. In this insightful interview John talks about what it took to win the Cup under tremendous pressure, the winged keel, the psychology of winning in sports and in life and much more! This is a fabulous, inspiring interview that is excellent for veteran racers as well as youth who want to go for greatness.
About the Actor
Before winning the 1983 America's Cup, Australian John Bertrand was an Olympic sailing champion and earned a masters degree in engineering from MIT. He has participated in five America's Cup campaigns and two Olympic Games. Australia conferred a Member of the Order of Australia on John in 1985. His biography Born To Win, on which the interview in this DVD is based, was published in 1985, was the largest-selling biography in Australian publishing history. John is currently co-owner and Chairman of World Wide Entertainment, one of Australia s largest independent television production and distribution companies.