• Short Summary

    The United States looked set to win the America's Cup for the 23rd consecutive time on Monday (16 September) when the cup defender, Courageous, beat Australia's Southern Cross for a third straight victory in the best-of-seven series.

  • Description

    The United States looked set to win the America's Cup for the 23rd consecutive time on Monday (16 September) when the cup defender, Courageous, beat Australia's Southern Cross for a third straight victory in the best-of-seven series.

    The margin of victory was five minutes 27 seconds -- more than a guarter of a mile, and the most decisive since the series began on Tuesday (10 September). Courageous won the first race by four minutes 54 seconds and the second race by one minute 11 seconds.

    With starting specialist Dennis Conner at the helm, the aluminium-hulled American yacht crossed the starting line 16 seconds ahead of Southern Cross -- after both 12-metres had first crossed the line prematurely. Courageous held the lead throughout the 24.3 mile (39 kilometre) race on Rhode Island sound.

    The Courageous took a commanding lead during the first windward leg and was never seriously challenged during the rest of the race.

    The decisive defeat was another severe blow to the crew and supporters of the Southern Cross which had been regarded as one of the most formidable challengers in years to compete for the ancient silver trophy.

    The superiority of the American crew and Courageous' better sails proved the keys to victory. The owner of Southern Cross, millionaire Australian real-estate developer., Alan Bond was reported to be unhappy before the race with his yacht's sails.

    The Americans had only to win one more race to retain the America's Cup -- a trophy they've never lost.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6J5XWNEHXR8VCD4JYY1FNREDC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6J5XWNEHXR8VCD4JYY1FNREDC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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