Syd Fischer to join America's Cup Hall of Fame

Renowned Squadron Member Syd Fischer will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on 31 August, honouring his long and successful association with the event.

Syd stands among Sir Thomas Lipton and Patrizio Bertelli as the only yachtsmen to have mounted five self-funded challenges for the America's Cup in the event's 166-year history.

Now aged 91, he is also noted for launching the America's Cup careers of some of today's most famous Australian yachtsmen, in particular Jimmy Spithill, Iain Murray and Hugh Treharne, who was tactician aboard the 1983 Cup winner, Australia II.

Syd entered the America's Cup arena in 1983 with his challenge contender, Advance. Then, for the Cup defence in Fremantle in 1986-87, he campaigned the whimsically named Steak'n'Kidney (rhyming slang for Sydney). In 1992, it was Challenge Australia; in 1995, Sydney '95, and, in 2000, Young Australia, with Spithill at the helm.

Syd sailed aboard his Cup yachts on many occasions and also took a direct interest in the administration of the America's Cup as a member of the Challenger of Record Committee.

Outside of the America's Cup, he is recognised as Australia's most successful offshore sailor. He has claimed victory in two of the world's major ocean racing events - the Sydney to Hobart and the Fastnet race, won the One Ton Cup world championship and led six Australian campaigns for the Admiral's Cup in England.

His achievements in yachting have earned him the Order of the British Empire (OBE), he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), inducted into the New South Wales Sports Hall of Fame, and was twice-named Australia's Yachtsman of the Year.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct Syd Fischer, John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson and Ken McAlpine into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on August 31, 2018 at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England, pictured above.

Read more about the other inductees at www.sail-world.com