1977 America's Cup

The 1977 America's Cup was held in September 1977 at Newport, Rhode Island.[1] The US defender, Courageous, skippered by Ted Turner, defeated the Australian challenger, Australia, skippered by Noel Robins, in a four-race sweep.[2] Courageous' greatest winning margin out of all four races was 2 minutes and 23 seconds.[2] It was the second unsuccessful challenge by Alan Bond.[3]

23rd America's Cup
Defender  United States
Defender club:New York Yacht Club
Challenger  Australia
Challenger club:Sun City Yacht Club
Location:Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Dates:13–18 September 1977
Winner:New York Yacht Club
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Courageous had beaten Lowell North's Enterprise and Ted Hood's Independence to become the defender. Australia had beaten France, Gretel II and Sverige to become the challenger.[4]

This was Ted Turner's second try at a Cup, losing out at the defender trials at the 1974 Cup.[5] His crew included tactician Gary Jobson.[6] Enterprise had included Malin Burnham, Halsey Herreshoff and John Marshall.[4]


Team 13 September 1977 16 September 1977 17 September 1977 18 September 1977 Pts
  Courageous W W W W 4
  Australia +1:48 +1:03 +2:33 +2:25 0


  1. ^ "Australia". ACCyclopedia. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Noel Robins". ACCyclopedia. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Alan Bond". ACCyclopedia. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Nocera, Egidio (July 2006). "Storia della Coppa America 1970–1974–1977 Le sfide australiane e francesi" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Courageous". 2017 America's Cup. 17 June 2017. NBC.
  6. ^ Bertrand, John Born to win : a lifelong struggle to capture the America's Cup (as told to Patrick Robinson). Sydney : Bantam Books, c1985. ISBN 0-553-05118-0. p.58.