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America's Cup

Alan Bond's syndicate's yacht Australia II won the America's Cup race series at Newport RI in 1983, which led to its defence being sailed in waters off Fremantle in 1987. The international interest this generated, together with the number of visitors to the port city and the length of time they stayed, led to significant changes, particularly to such buildings as hotels.


The Oddfellows Hotel in 1851

The Newcastle Club Hotel, for example, was renamed the Newport. The Freemasons Hotel became the Sail and Anchor and was renovated; while the Oddfellows Hotel lost more than half of its structure in its 'renovation' and acquired its current name: Norfolk Hotel. The Fremantle Hotel became the temporary 'home' of the New Zealand syndicate, with Steinlager beer on tap. His Majesty's Hotel was also renovated, and reverted briefly to an older name, His Lordship's Larder.


The Norfolk Hotel in 2014

The Maritime Museum on the South Wharf was built partly as a place to show Australia II - and it is still the principal exhibit there.

References and Links

Webb, David & David Warren 2005, 'America's Cup gave drinking a new flavour',  Fremantle: Beyond the Round House, Longley, Fremantle; 54-55.

Wikipedia page for 1987 America's Cup.

Garry Gillard | New: 13 January, 2017 | Now: 22 September, 2020