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Yacht drama in Sydney harbour

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Photo by Tim Wimborne/Reuters

(October 26, 2004) Sydney Opera House was the backdrop for a maritime drama today when a former America’s Cup racing yacht slammed into an underwater object near the landmark and tipped onto its side.

The 72-ft FT Spirit, sponsored by the Financial Times, ran aground around noon, ripping the ballast bulb off the yacht and quickly ending what was supposed to be a promotional outing with their new sponsor.

The FT Spirit was formerly known as the Spirit of Australia and contested the 1992 America’s Cup in San Diego, California. Complete story.

Photos below by Amalie Finlayson.

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