30 years ago tomorrow, Australia II came back from a 3-1 deficit in the best of 7 series to be the first ones to break the 132 year stranglehold the US had on the America's cup. The US boat, Liberty, had the lead in the final race over the 24 mile course. In the final 4-1/2 miles to the finish, Liberty tacked 47 times in an effort to get out of the bad air the Aussies were leaving them after they took the lead, but failed. Liberty skipper, Dennis Connor, was crucified for losing the Cup.
That was the first time in Cup history the series had gone the full 7 races. And the first time USA had lost. It made it on the front page of the two major Chicago newspapers (I still have the copies.)