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Yacht / Country :  South Australia / KA-8 Syndicate :            The Southern Australian Challenge                            for the Defence of 1987 America's Cup CEO :                     Graham Spurling Yacht Club:            Royal South Australian Yacht                                 Squadron. Designer :              Ben Lexcen Boat Builder :        Steve E. Ward & Co. Skipper:                 John Savage
1987
Souith Auistralia K 8 KA-8 was another construction of Ben Lexcen. Sir James Hardy, former helmsman of Gretel II / 1970, Southern Cross / 1974 and Australia I 1980 made an agreement with Alan Bond to use  Australia II as trial boat and to pay Lexcen as consultant for testing concepts which could be eventually applied on Australia III or IV as well. On top of that the syndicate was sponsored by the South Australian government and 150 private companies as a part of the 150 year’s anniversary of this state. A reason why she carries South Australia’s heraldic bird “piping shrike” as white symbol on her sides. South Australia was a fast light wind design, but did not perform very well in the stormy and rough sea of Fremantle.
South Australia / KA-8 and the Defender Selection Series 1987
KA-8 was another construction of Ben Lexcen.
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