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#OnThisDay in 1995, One Australia became the first America’s Cup Challenger to lose a match race by shipwreck

5 March 2019 - News - Press

#OnThisDay in 1995, One Australia became the first America’s Cup Challenger to lose a match race by shipwreck. “One minute we were going around the bottom mark and the next minute we’re in the water and the boat is gone.” - Iain Murray.

In heavy seas, and 20-25 knots of wind, Australia and New Zealand decided they would still race when given the option to postpone by the race committee. One lap later, as the boats came into the bottom mark, One Australia split in two and sunk in minutes.

Interesting fact about the sinking is that the weather was so bad that day, that no official America’s Cup photographers

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