1970 America's Cup

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21st America's Cup
Photograph of the yacht Intrepid at her moorings, sails stowed.
Intrepid moored in Nantucket Harbor during Nantucket Race Week 2010
Defender  United States
Defender club: New York Yacht Club New York Yacht Club burgee
Yacht: Intrepid
Challenger  Australia
Challenger club: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron burgee
Yacht: Gretel II
Location: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Dates: September 1970
Rule: 12-metre
Winner: New York Yacht Club
Score: 4–1

The 1970 America's Cup was held in September 1970 at Newport, Rhode Island. The US defender, Intrepid, skippered by Bill (Ficker is Quicker) Ficker, defeated the Australian challenger, Gretel II, skippered by James Hardy, four races to one.[1]

Intrepid had beaten Heritage and Valiant to become the defender. (1962 winner Weatherly also participated in the trials, providing a fourth boat so racing could proceed more uniformly.) Gretel II had beaten France to become the challenger.[1]


  1. ^ a b Nocera, Egidio (July 2006). "Storia della Coppa America 1970–1974–1977 Le sfide australiane e francesi" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.