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#1 cobutter



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Posted 26 February 2007 - 07:35 AM

Newport for the AC in 1980 our Corporation did the whole enchalada.

We chartered the replica "America" and a 95 foot Burgher, and moored our fleet alongside at Goat Island.

A privelige flag for the 25 knot Burgher got us inside the racing triangle and there was always big demand for rides on the power boat.

The overflow had to put up with a more stately long distance view provided by the schooner.

As the corporate aussie who happened to be seriously smote by boat, I got to party quite a bit afloat and ashore.

Prominent guests and lots of expat Austruckinfalians made for a memorable series in which unfortunately Australia 1 got their bottoms smacked by Tv Ted and the Freedom Machine but so did the Poms, the Swedes and The French. The Baron even managed to get lost in the RI fog a couple of times.

Among the many was one Paul Rigby. Paul had a globally insightful eye and a skill with pen and ink unmatched by any. Paul was able to bring to all his work that eloquent Australian disrespect that saw him win multiple internatiobnal awards for his craft.

During that summer in 1980 Paul was employed by New York Newspapers and syndicated to dozens more around the world and over a couple of hundred "Bushmills" sitting in Christies he produced what for me is the Totem of the Americas Cup inj the 80's

Paul Rigby sadly left the boat in November last year at age 83 but his marks will long prevail.

The attched image is the first of 8 segmnents of his "Christies AC 1980 Piece" that will be posted here over the coming weeks to remind all anarchists what the AC was 25 years ago.