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John Bertrand, 2019

Betina Fauvel-Ogden

oil on linen (support: 102 cm x 82.5 cm, frame: 104.8 cm x 85.5 cm depth 5.3 cm)

John Bertrand AO (b. 1946), Chair, Sport Australia Hall of Fame; President, Swimming Australia; and skipper of America’s Cup-winning yacht Australia II. On the morning of September 26, 1983, Australia woke with a smile on its face, and the nation celebrated. Breaking the longest winning streak in international sport – 132 years – we had won the America’s Cup. At the helm of Australia II was John Bertrand, sailing from a 3-1 deficit to a dramatic 4-3 win. His quest had been relentless and his courage unwavering. Rank underdogs, Bertrand and his team lifted the spirits of an entire nation and changed the course of yachting history.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2020
© Betina Fauvel-Ogden

Accession number: 2020.35

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.