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knocking the buggers off

30 years ago, Australia’s victory changed the nature of the sport’s most important competition and the face of yacht racing forever. Here’s a beautifully produced, 53-minute look at the first successful challenge in the Cup’s history through the eyes of the sailors, reporters, and community leaders who were there. ┬áThe “Australian Story” production is inspiring stuff without the puffery – in contrast to the sexy but obviously overpimped Wind Gods movie of Ellison’s win over Bertarelli that’s running on American public TV in May. ┬áThat one seems a bit more jingoist and is clearly designed to pump up a US audience before this summer’s San Francisco action — but at least Scar from The Lion King is narrating…