In Newport, Rhode Island, the best of seven series to determine who will carry off the America's Cup, begins on Tuesday (13 September).
GVs America's Cup Australian challenger Australia practising off Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. accompanied by power-boat (3 shots)
GVs U.S. contestant Courageous practising (2 shots)
CU Courageous Captain Ted Turner speaking to reporter in English and interview continuing over GVs both boats (7 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: TURNER: "Well they look real good. I sailed with them, against them over a number of years and they are a very confident cres."
REPORTER: "What are the major differences between Courageous and Australia?"
TURNER: "Well, the boats are fairly similar from just eye balling, when I saw them out of the water, so underwater the big difference I think is that their freeboard is less than ours. They aren't as high out of the water as we are."
REPORTER: "What about the sails?"
TURNER: "Well their sails look pretty good. I think we got a little edge on them there."
REPORTER: "Are your new sails going to make a big difference?"
TURNER: "Well I mean, the sails we're using now aren't really new. They're in good shape though. I mean everything we are using has been tried and tested."
REPORTER: "What is the spirit of your crew at the moment?"
TURNER: "Good. In fact we're looking forward to a good close, hard fought match."
REPORTER: "How many races do you think it will go to?"
TURNER: "I haven't got the foggiest notion. I don't know even who is going to win. All I know is come Tuesday we're going to go out there and give it the best we've got."
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Background: In Newport, Rhode Island, the best of seven series to determine who will carry off the America's Cup, begins on Tuesday (13 September). The Australian challenger, Australia, will do battle with the veteran American defender, Courageous. The few days leading up to the final have been taken up with last minute preparations and practices.
SYNOPSIS: Australia won her right to challenge Courageous after crushing the Swedish hope Sverige last month in the final of the foreign challenge series. The Australia, skippered by Noel Robins, has been specially built for the America's Cup. Its hull is made completely from aluminium. The Australia syndicate is headed by Alan Bond. He remembers Courageous well, for it was his Southern Cross which was defeated by the American yacht in the 1974 competition in four straight races. By virtue of its win in 1974, Courageous will have the natural advantage. The Courageous skipper, Ted Turner, has been keeping himself busy these final few days sizing up the chances of his Australian opponent.