Bertrand, John

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Bertrand, John Gender: M
John Edwin Bertrand
born on 20 December 1946 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Melbourne, Australia, 37s49, 144e58
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Sutton
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 27°19' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 16°58 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 04°27'

John Bertrand (Winged keel of "Australia II")
photo: kenhodge13, license cc-by-2.0


Australian yachtsman who skippered the racing yacht Australia II to victory in the 1983 America's Cup, ending 132 years of American supremacy. Bertrand won the bronze medal in the Finn competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. In 2010 and 2016, he won the world Etchells class sailing championships. He is a life member of both the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, and the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.

He wrote Born to Win, The Power of a Vision, about the 1983 America's Cup victory, including insightful observations on the strategy for an unfavoured team against very long odds. During the 1983 competition, Bertrand and his crew deliberately employed their own psychological strategy ahead of the America's Cup breakthrough in refusing to refer to the all-conquering American team by their names and instead calling their opposition simply "the red boat" in order to mislead the rival.

Bertrand is the chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2005-) and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation (2001-). He is also the President of Swimming Australia (Oct 2013-).

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 27 July 1976 (Olympic Bronze medal, Finn class)
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  • Work : Prize 26 September 1983 (America's Cup winning skipper)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield has a 21-page document of Australian data from Dennis Sutton giving Bertrand's data as above but with birthplace of "Chelsea" (Source: "From him to Susan Alexander (A rating)").

Chelsea is an outer or middle-ring suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. However, Scholfield notes that Bertrand's birth notice states he was born at Epworth Hospital which is in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Richmond ("The Age," Melbourne, 21 Dec 1946).


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Sports)
  • Vocation : Sports : Sailing/ Boating (Yachtsman)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Other Sports Business
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Medals
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (Bronze medal, Finn class, 1976)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Order of Australia)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (America's Cup winning skipper, 1983)