Australia is a remarkable 12 Metre yacht. She is the only yacht throughout the history of the America's cup to have challenged on two occasions. Her first challenge was in 1977 against Courageous skippered by Ted Turner and her second in 1980, against Freedom skippered by Dennis Connor. A truly evocative yacht, credited with defining an era of 12 Metre America's Cup racing, culminating in the momentous victory by 'Australia II' in 1983. - Leigh Dorrington, Sydney.
The design for Australia was developed with the assistance of the Dutch University of Delf, using multiple tank test models. With a large bustle, low freeboard and innovative approach to locating ballast she was a forerunner to the famous Americas Cup winner Australia II.
In 2019 she was refurbished at great expense in preparation to compete the in the 12 Metre World Championships in Newport. Unfortunately, the plan failed to materialize and she was unable to join her old competitors, original stablemate and ultimate winner of the event, Challenge Twelve.
Please contact Paul Buttrose, Licensed Yacht Broker at (954) 294-6962
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Steve Ward & Brian Raley
Designer: Miller & Valentjin
LOA: 65 ft 0 in
Beam: 12 ft 0 in
LWL: 45 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 9 ft 0 in
Receipts are available for the extensive refit undertaken in the fall of 2019. Removal, repair and painting of the mast and boom, dye testing of all the standing rigging, replacement of running backstays, check stays and halyards. Replacement of blocks, loops and all attachments.
The hull and deck and bottom were prepared, repaired and painted. Mechanical improvements included the installation of a new Yanmar engine, fuel tank, hoses bilge pump system and ancillary equipment.
Australia is ‘almost’ ready to compete. All she needs is a wardrobe of sails and Team Leader of a competitive crew with the willingness to ship her from Sydney to Newport, RI. As with her sister-ship in Newport she can be ‘dry-sailed’ for the summer regattas, culminating with the 12 Metre North American Championships in September, then ‘put to bed’.
Engine and Mechanical
2019 Yanmar 3JH5/ZF30; zero hours
New engine controls, all hoses, fuel lines, control cables, start and gauge panel in cockpit
New water strainer, exhaust hoses.
1100 GPH Automatic bilge pump
10-A regulator on solar panel for battery charging
New 12 volt battery and cables to engine and controls
Sails and Rigging
Invoices available for the following work carried out 2019;
Removal and ‘stripping’ mast.
Installation of new sheave box
Etched, undercoat and final paint
Dye testing of all rod rigging, cold-heads and turnbuckle inspection, cleaning and inspection of 17-4 clevis pins.
New Dyneema backstay
New Dyneema running backstays and check-stays spliced with reinforced thimbles
Boom stripped, repaired and painted.
All new halyards; main, 2 x genoa, 2 x spinnaker, topping and butt lifts.
Seizing and leathers on spreaders
Dated Dacron ‘cruising’ mainsail, genoa and spinnaker.
1 x 1100 GP 12v bilge pump
2 x manual bilge pumps
1 x 40L fuel tank installed 2019
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