Where Are 1983 Australian Yacht Crew Members Now?

Netflix’s “Untold: The Race of the Century” is the tale of dedication and hard work that led to the breaking of the record. For 132 years, America’s Cup was contested in the hands of Americans. Their yachting game was so intense that no one was even close to winning it. Then, in 1983 something truly extraordinary happened. A group made up of Australians -Australia II fought the Australians and won the cup home.

It was a team effort by the team, which was a constant battle under the direction that of John Bertrand. The race for victory was so close that it appeared as if the Australians had lost the race. However, in the end, the underdogs prevailed and changed the look of sports for years to be. If you’re thinking about where they are today, here’s the information you need to know about them.

Where is Rob Brown Now?

If asked how they felt after winning America’s Cup, the majority of team members expressed the same sentiment of satisfaction. Rob Brown, who served as trimmer, stated, “It was an immense relief to think that we had been leading two races before the race was rescheduled after the layoffs and the weather storm. The race lasted 13 days. When you finally get there, it’s an incredible feeling. The entire crew had gone to bed by ten at night. We probably had a few beers and were physically at peace. It wasn’t until a few weeks later when we ventured out and had a good time and were deemed in a state of despair.”

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Brown resides in The Greater Sydney Area in New South Wales and has been the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay Development Manager for over ten years. He also owns Rob Brown Yachting P/L, which has been operating since 1986. Before winning the cup in 1983, Brown had also sailed for it in 1980. Brown also made it through an unfortunate Fastnet Race in 1979.

Brown was also three-time JJ Giltinan 18-foot Skiff world champion. He was given the Order of Australia Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in 1984. Brown has also instructed Olympics sailors and was inducted into the Australian Bicentennial Hall of Fame, and was nominated as the Australian of the Year and NSW Yachtsman of the Year.

Where is John Longley Now?

The crew’s grinder, John Longley, was admitted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2009. A father of two children, John was inducted by the Governor-General of the National Maritime Museum, Sydney. He is the chairperson of the Perth Regional Tourism Organisation. He’s participated in the past five America’s Cup campaigns, including the win in 1983, in which he played an integral role in deciding the team and determining the best sailing techniques for the team.

Longley was also in charge of the boat’s building and designed the boat’s deck layout together with Ben Lexcen. Longley is the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal and was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal and Centenary Medal and honorary membership in the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame. At the time of writing, Longley is in his mid-70s, most likely lives in Sydney, New South Wales, and is married to Jenny.

Where is Grant Simmer Now?

Australia II Navigator Grant Simmer is another America’s Cup Hall of Fame member who is part of this team. He was appointed Director of the Australian Sailing Board Director. After winning the race in 1983, Simmer became an integral component of Australia’s racing community. For the past 17 decades, Simmer has been the owner of North Sails Australia. As a crew member or team leader, he has participated in America’s Cup 11 times. He has secured a total of four victories.

The year 2003 was the first time Simmer was a consultant in designing boats for both Alinghi and Oracle and assisting the teams in winning. He was the chief executive officer of Britain’s America’s Team, INEOS TEAM UK. He is a member of the Australian Yachting Federation board and was admitted to the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame in its first year.

Where is Skip Lissiman Now?

Another trimmer from Australia II was Skip Lissiman, who has a full life due to his many assignments in various organizations. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal and worked as an Executive Senior and Management Consultant. As the executive chairman of Poppy Lissiman & Co Pty Ltd and has been on the Board of Directors of Australian Sailing since 2016.

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Lissiman is the proprietor of the company Skip Lissiman Consulting and is a keynote speaker. He was part of the team who won the 1983 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 1979 Admirals Cup. Other wins comprise Australian Champion in the J24s and Australian Match Racing and the National Champion in the Etchells Class of 2006-07. Personally, Lissiman leads quite an active life and enjoys adventures in his spare time. The man is a resident of Perth together with his wife Suzi and is extremely close to their kid’s daughters, Poppy, and son, Andre.

Where is Hugh Treharne Now?

Each role on that Australia II crew had its specific responsibilities. However, none could be as exemplary as the one that the tactician Hugh Treharne was assigned. He was expected to be alert to the environment, particularly to be aware of the direction of the wind. He had to keep an eye on the waves and use his sense of smell to sense the movement of the wind. He then decided the best course for the boat to win the race.

As an inductee of the Boating Industry Hall of Fame, Treharne continues to work to expand the possibilities of sailing. 2013 was the year that the funds he was awarded from his induction were donated to Sailability, a program designed to aid individuals of all abilities, “the older, the economically and socially marginalized and those with physical limitations,” to get into sailing. A Hall of Famer of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, He has a wife, Jeanine Treharne. She has made a name for herself as a skilled multi-media entrepreneur and watches person.

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