Untold: The Race of the Century
Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way
Release: September 6, 2022
Producer: Talin Parseghian Middleton
Executive Producer(s): Chapman Way, Maclain Way
Stars/Actors: John Bertrand, Rasa Bertrand, Alan Bond, Rob Brown, Dennis Conner, Bob Hawke, Ben Lexcen, Skip Lissiman, John Longley, Grant Simmer, Ian Turple
Music by: Brocker Way
Production Company: Netflix
Genre(s): Documentary, Sports, Sailing, Racing
Runtime: 83 minutes
Synopsis: The Australia II yacht crew looks back on the motivation, dedication and innovation that led to their historic victory at the 1983 America’s Cup.
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Quotes and Lines
“I’ve never met a world champion that’s a normal person. You gotta be screwed up in some manner to get out of bed to do extraordinary things. And I’m screwed up.”
“Underneath this veneer of being a normal, nice guy, I have a huge ego. There’s gotta be some motivation to drive someone to extraordinary lengths. And the ego is part of my drive.”
“To take on the power of the American psyche, with their immense confidence, you need a strong ego to be able to play that game, and that was a major hurdle.
“In our country, in Australia, we have this thing called the Tall Poppy Syndrome, where people start to show a sense of confidence, and they cut you down. So, if I could get the mental side tough enough, then perhaps I could put the whole thing together.
“So for us, we had to believe ourselves that we belong on the world stage.
Pros: Increased maneuverability, superior in 10+ knots.
Cons: More underwater drag, slower in low wind speeds
What Australians really like is upsetting the upper echelon. – Rob Brown
“…the finest day in the history of Australian sport.”
To the question of why he wasn’t defending the cup Bertrand answered
“The fire’s out of my belly, and content people don’t become world champions. And I’m content in that part of my life, and I’m really keen and excited to move out into new directions. And that’s what I’m doing.”