America’s Cup Defence 30th Anniversary Event

Photo: WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
Photo: WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

FREMANTLE is set to become awash with the nostalgia of the America’s Cup defence during a 30-year celebration event at the WA Maritime Museum on May 27.

Hosted by the National Hotel and part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, the three-course gourmet dinner is a chance to journey back in time with a night of yachting fun and local history.

The one-off event, overlooking Fremantle Harbour, features several guest speakers including 1987 WA Premier Brian Burke, Australia II crew member and Bond team representative John Longley and Kookaburra III starting helmsman and tactician Peter Gilmour.

Perth band Some Like it Yacht will provide the hits of 80s and an auction will raise money for the not-for-profit Duyfken Foundation.

The 1987 America’s Cup was the 26th challenge for the trophy – but the first time in 132 years it had not been defended by the New York Yacht Club.

Held in Gage Roads off Fremantle, American challenger Stars & Stripes 87, sailed by Dennis Conner, beat the Australian defender Kookaburra III, sailed by Iain Murray. It was the last time 12m-class yachts were used in the America’s Cup.

The event starts 6pm and is strictly 18-plus. Dress code is formal with a nautical flair. Tickets are limited – for bookings, email reception@museum.wa.gov.au or call 1300 134 081.

WA Maritime Museum, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia