John Bertrand - America's Cup 30 years on and lessons for leadership

It was hailed as the greatest team performance in two centuries of Australian sport.  On 26 September 1983, John Bertrand and his crew aboard Australia II won the 7th and final race of the America’s Cup series off Newport, Rhode Island, and ended 132 unbroken years of American domination of the event.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke famously announced that “any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum”, and the nation celebrated a true sporting triumph.

John Bertrand’s role as skipper was crucial to the team’s success. Now, taking time out from a series of interviews on leadership he’s presenting for Monash University, he shares his recollections of those heady days in 1983, and the lessons we can still learn from them. 

Join John Bertrand and host Tony Jones of Nine News for an event that’s not to be missed!


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