|50 Foot World Cup action in Newport, Rhode Island circa 1990 (Champosa V closest to camera)|
|The Frers 50-footer Morningstar - winner of Class B in the 1984 SORC (photo Larry Moran)|
|An early forerunner of the 'modern IOR 50-footer, the Australian yacht Great Expectations (photo McConaghy Boats)|
|The original Carat (a Frers masthead rigged design and development of Blizzard - she was the ex-Retaliation and competed in the 1983 and 1985 Admiral's Cup)|
|Startline action during a 50-foot World Cup event in Newport, circa 1990 - at this stage the fleet still retained a mix of fractional and masthead boats|
|Alan Gray's Farr 50 Jamarella - top individual yacht in the 1989 Admiral's Cup and one of the new breed of "scaled up One Tonners"|
|The lines of Jamarella (Farr design #213) - with a clear lineage to the top yacht in the 1987 Admiral's Cup, the One Tonner Propaganda|
Denmark also benefitted from the new-found dominance of the 50-footers, picking up Germany's discarded Container (renamed Stockbroker's Container) which joined the Jeppeson designed 50-footer Andelsbanken IV. The team had to settle for second to Britain after Andelsbanken IV's forestay parted and the yacht had to retire from one of the races.
|Andelsbanken IV during the 1989 Admiral's Cup, with Jamarella tucked away to leeward|
|Container surfs into a gybing manoeuvre in the Japan leg of the World Cup circuit - the sequence of what happens next can be seen here|
Jim Andrews' Richel/Pugh design Abracadabra, skippered by John Kolius, comfortably won the 1990 World Cup, and went on to win again in 1991, this time skippered by Paul Cayard sailing under the Italian flag.
|Abracadabra - 50-foot World Cup winner 1990 and 1991 (photo Mcconaghy Boats)|
The presence of the 50-footers in the Admiral's Cup was assured for 1991, when the organisers directed that each team include a One Tonner, Two Tonner and a 50-footer, although this move hardly encouraged more teams to attend. The eight 50-footers were Corum Saphir (the top 50-footer and part of the winning French team), Mandrake Krizia (Italy), Champosa VII (USA), Juno V (Britain), Container (Germany), Tuborg (Denmark), Will (Japan) and Cyclone (Australia).
|Juno V during the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
|Champosa VII approaches a leeward mark at speed during the 1991 Admiral's Cup|
|Container (left) in close company during a 50-foot World Cup race in 1991|
|Fujimo - another Reichel/Pugh design and sistership to Abracadabra (photo McConaghy Boats)|
The 1992 World Cup was won by Morita's latest Champosa VII, another Reichel/Pugh design, skippered by John Kolius. Champosa VII had struggled in the 1991 Admiral's Cup, and despite being an update of Abracadabra, she had not been able to reproduce the form of the two-time World Cup champion, or that of the top Farr 50s, which at that time included Will for Japanese owner Ryouji Oda (#211), Juno V, Springbok and Mandrake (#224).
|Some of the tight racing that the 50ft class became renowned for|
"Design 260 has a higher sail area to wetted surface ratio and lower drag keel and rudder arrangements. She has significantly higher stability and lower displacement. The deeper keel will give a large performance improvement in stronger upwind conditions without any loss downwind, particularly as refinements in keel shape improve downwind speed."
|The 1989-generation Will seen here during the 1989 Admiral's Cup|
|Jameson 3 wipes out downwind in fresh conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup|
|More tight racing in a 50-foot World Cup event|
Champosa VII was bought by a New Zealand yachtsman and underwent some modifications to fulfil a new purpose as a cruiser/racer. Other 50's that seem to be enjoying a second life include Container and Yeoman XXVII (for sale here). Will (possibly the second one) is sitting in the Tamaki River in Auckland looking somewhat worse for wear.
|Champosa VII seen here in Auckland in 2012|