AUSTRALIA II HISTORY
Sail number: KA 6
Royal Perth Yacht Club
Challenger, winner of the 25th America's Cup 1983
(won the 7th and final race, sailed on September 26,
Original owner: America's Cup Challenge 1983, Alan
Bond (Royal Perth Yacht Club).
12 Meter International Rule, sloop
Builder: Steve E. Ward & Co., Perth, Cottesloe,
Sailmaker: Tom "Schnacks" Schnackenberg, sail
coordinator. North, Hood, Sobstad Australia.
Designer: Ben Lexcen.
Research facilities & tank tests: Netherlands Ship
Model Basin - NSMB - at Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Peter Van Oossanen. Models built on 1/3rd scale,
24-foot models, instead of 8-foot models used for
Australia I (1977) at the Delft Tank Model Basin,
Netherlands, by Johan Valentijn and Ben Lexcen.
Hydrodynamics: Joop W. Sloff from Theorythical
Aerodynamic Department of the National Aerospace
Laboratory, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Built: started in 1981, finished in 1982 after 8
month build programme.
Launched: June 3rd, 1982.
Christened: June 6th, 1982 by Eileen Bond at
Fremantle, Sailing Club in Success Harbour.
Original Skipper: John Edwin Bertrand
Tactician: Hugh Treharne
Navigator: Grant Simmer
Hull material: aluminum
Mast: aluminum, fabricated by Steve Ward from Ben
Boom: carbon fiber, weighing 32 kilos (2 built)
Sails: kevlar/mylar laminated
Keel: lead, designed by Ben Lexcen. Mould built in
Sydney. Keel cast at Perth in one piece. Lexcen
applied for patents for his keel on February 5th,
1982 at the International Patents Office in The
Hague. He had previously tried wings on dinghies and
LOA: 19.21 m
LWL: 13.10 m
Beam: 3.64 m
Draft: 2.72 m
Sail Area: 175 m2
Displacement: 21.8 tons
Owned by The America's Cup Defense 1987 Ltd., "Bond
Syndicate" of the Royal Perth YC.
On display at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney,
Australia, then on display at the Western Australian
Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia.
The America's Cup Jubilee at Cowes, Isle of Wight,
the regatta sailed to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the America's Cup in August 2001 was
scheduled to be the final regatta for Australia II.
Came second (twelve meter fleet) in the historic
"Round the Island" 2001 race. Australia II was given
the honour of being named the yacht that had brought
the greatest benefit to the sport of yachting by
participating in the America's Cup Jubilee Regatta.
Since 2001 till now
Australia II is the centerpiece of the new Western
Australian Maritime Museum, in her home port of