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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 26, 2008.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2006 with 96 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2005 with 96 to follow.
By United Press International

Bertrand's wife survives carjacking

MELBOURNE, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The wife of yachting legend John Bertrand escaped a carjacker in Australia but the couple's Porsche did not.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2004 with 96 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2003 with 96 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

It was on this date in 1991 that four men and four women entered the huge, airtight greenhouse Biosphere II in Arizona. The idea was for them to be self-sustaining, growing their own food and recycled air and water -- with no outside help -- for two years
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2002 with 96 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly Blast from the Past package for Sept. 23-29.
By United Press International
Wiki

The Australia II is a 12-metre class yacht, and the first successful challenger for the America's Cup after 132 years.

Designed by Ben Lexcen, built by Steve Ward, owned by Alan Bond and helmed by John Bertrand. Australia II featured an innovative winged keel design developed by Lexcen which helped to make it very fast and manoeuvrable in many conditions and was the most interesting design feature of the boat. During the summer of 1983, as selection trials took place for the Cup defence that autumn, the New York Yacht Club challenged the legality of the keel design, but it was ruled to be legal. Despite being the first 12 metre to sport the new design, Australia II was not the first boat to have a winged keel, though its success did much to make the concept popular.

Australia II sported much other new technology which also contributed to her success, including her radical vertical sail designs, all kevlar running rigging and lightweight carbon fibre boom. John Bertrand and his crew trained intensively and were able to perform at the highest levels under the pressure of this historic match up.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Australia II."
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