22 November 2015

Quarter Ton Cup 1988

This video recently surfaced of the 1988 Quarter Ton Cup, held in Travemunde, Germany, and featuring the German yacht Polyant, which finished third overall, behind Mac Donald (the winner in 1987 as well) and B & BV. The video is narrated in German, and features some nice sailing shots both upwind and down.

27 October 2015

Quarter Ton Cup 1981

The 35-boat fleet that assembled for the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup in Marseilles, France, included qualifiers from the well-attended French and Italian selection trials (a total of 70 boats competed in these two events), and several boats from other countries. The winds ranged from Force 2 to Force 11 (4 to 60 knots), and in the last race of the series, only three boats were able to reach the finish line.
Protis, winner of the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup
The pre-regatta favourites were the many custom and semi-production boats designed by Frenchman Jacques Fauroux, whose Bullit had won the previous two editions of the Cup. Fauroux sailed one of his designs, La Concorde, which, like many other of his boats in 1981, had less extreme stern sections than Bullit, in response to changes in the IOR. The best competition for the Fauroux boats promised to come from the Italian Willy Willy, designed by the Fontana/Maletto/Navone team, and from New Zealand, the Davidson-designed Hellaby that had finished second to Bullit the previous year. 
Cifraline in trouble on a downwind leg during the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup
The opening race was an Olympic triangle sailed in Marseilles’ South Bay in a 17-33 knot easterly. Hellaby took the start and kept the lead throughout the race, with a careful cover over a new custom Fauroux design, Protis which was co-skippered by Bruno Trouble (interestingly, Protis was the only boat in the fleet to carry an inboard engine, which allowed her to be a little bigger and to carry a little more sail area). As the wind freshened, Hellaby extended her lead and won by more than two minutes, with Protis second, and Petite celte, another Fauroux design third, and Willy Willy fourth. 
Adelaide - her ability to carry her spinnaker during the fourth race gave her a big advantage over the rest of the fleet
The second inshore race, sailed in similar conditions to the first, was won by Adelaide, yet another Fauroux design, owned and skippered by Dominique Caparros, who had co-skippered Bullit in 1979 and 1980 and had Adelaide built from the same mould. She led the race convincingly from Protis, while Willy Willy finished fourth and Hellaby sixth. 

The photo to the left is of Lorraine, another new Fauroux design owned by Hong Kong sailor Gilbert Ng and skippered by Helmer Pederson. The photo was taken by Beken of Cowes, on the first day of racing - another reef was needed on the second day and was too fresh for the photographers.

Due to the hard going in the first two races, only 29 entries began the 80-mile middle distance race, which started in much lighter conditions, with La Concorde taking the early lead. Protis moved up to second on the next downwind leg before passing La Concorde to move into first, a position that she would not relinquish. La Concorde was subsequently disqualified for rounding a mark incorrectly. 

Protis during typically fresh downwind conditions during the 1981 One Ton Cup
In the next race, another Olympic triangle held in West Bay, the seas were less rough but the wind was much stronger than the previous inshore races. Adelaide again showed excellent speed in these conditions, gaining the lead early and setting her spinnaker on the reaching legs and opening up a huge lead in dramatic planning conditions. Several other boats tried setting spinnakers and suffered broken masts as a result. While Protis held second place at the start of the run, she too broke her mast after setting her spinnaker. 
Protis - possibly during the first race, and before the more wild conditions of the second and fourth inshore races
Only 21 boats started the 180-mile final race, and four more dropped out in the early stage. The fleet beat their way east in a moderate breeze towards St Raphael, the only mark of the course save for the requirement to stay seaward of the islands along the shore. Protis, which had been allowed to install a new and stronger mast after her fourth race mishap, took over the lead on the first leg and turned the St Raphael mark early the next morning. La Concorde, the early leader, reclaimed her position at the head of the fleet as they worked their way southwest to the islands again. 
Willy Willy
As the fleet entered the last stage of the race in the late afternoon, a mistral wind began blowing from the west at 35-60 knots. Willy Willy, built of plywood, broke some frames and retired as did a number of others, including La Concorde and the New Zealand crew on Hellaby, who professed to never having encountered winds of mistral force before. 

Protis above and below caught in the mistral wind in the fifth race

Greg Dagge from Lorraine recalls that by evening they were just holding station off the Isle de Hyeres against huge waves that were coming off the land. They were in a good position when the compression strut between the chainplates gave way and they were forced to retire, but sailed back to Hyeres under bare poles and incredibly recorded speeds of up to 18 knots.

New Zealand's Hellaby, sailed by John Lasher and which finished in fifth place overall
Another photo of Cifraline in trouble on a downwind leg
By early evening, there were only three boats left in the race. Gyptis, a Jezequel design, was anchored far to the east and would not finish for two more days. Cifraline, a steadily improving Daniel Andrieu design, was battling with Protis which, unbeknownst to the crew, now only needed to finish the race to win the series. Both boats managed to beat past the dangerous Cape Sicie, but then found it so rough that they ran back into the lee of the Cape and anchored for most of the night. They began racing again in the morning, but since Cifraline weighed anchor half an hour earlier, she made it home against the still heavy mistral ten minutes ahead of Protis.
Her second place in the final race gave Protis the Cup, and Fauroux his third consecutive Quarter Ton title. Cifraline finished second and Gyptis third. Willy Willy was fourth, while Hellaby finished the regatta in fifth place.
Protis as seen in 2015

15 October 2015

One Ton Cup 1990

Marstrand (Sweden) provided excellent sailing conditions for 27 One Tonners, including four new yachts, from ten different countries that competed in the 1990 One Ton Cup, with winds generally fair and up to 30 knots during the short offshore race. 
Okyalos VI - One Ton Cup winner for 1990, in reaching conditions in which she demonstrated a slight edge over her competition
The new boats included Italy's Pasquale Landolfi's new Farr designed Brava, which looked as impeccable as his previous boat (the 1989 One Ton Cup winner that had been bought by Russian yachtsmen and re-named Maestro). Peter de Ridder's latest Mean Machine VII, an impressive looking Judel/Vrolijk design, was part of the line up, along with sistership Amsterdamed. Last but not least of the new boats was the Jeppesen-designed Okyalos VI, built by X-Yachts. 
Russia's Maestro, the ex-Brava - won the first race but then slipped off the pace to finish ninth overall
The first race saw the new Mean Machine with a three-minute lead at the first weather mark, but such were the vagaries of the breeze on the first reach she was almost in last place at the second mark. Other than that first reach the breeze was steady and Mean Machine was able to claw back to seventh place. Maestro won the race in impressive style. However, both offshore races showed the talent of the Okyalos crew, who had won the previous two editions of the Three-Quarter Ton Cup. This, along with their good all-round speed, especially reaching, earned them a win in the long offshore race and third place in the short one, both of which carried a higher points loading than the three inshore courses.
Germany's Saudade soon after rounding a leeward mark chases the pack
Mean Machine was second best offshore, with a third place in the long race and a first in the short one.  Many campaigns were lost in the short offshore race - six yachts lost their rigs: Saudade's just went, Brava lost hers downwind when the runner tail broke, and ABAP/4 lost hers for no obvious reason at all, although her experimental carbon rigging had caused problems before. Fram XI damaged her mast but finished in sixth place under an unusual arrangement of trysail and spinnaker. Okyalos broke a checkstay but the crew managed to keep the rig intact. 
The near-winner of the One Ton Cup, Amsterdamed, approaches a windward mark and prepares for a spinnaker hoist
As a result of the short offshore, only 22 boats were able to make the startline for the fifth and final race, which saw Okyalos and Amsterdamed vying for the Cup, with Amsterdamed needing to finish five places ahead of Okyalos to win. Mean Machine was out of the running due to a DSQ for a premature start in the third race, but won the finale by almost a minute.  Although Amsterdamed started poorly, she came through the fleet and closed in on Okyalos. On the third beat, Okyalos's checkstay broke again. Somehow the rig stayed in the boat, and the crew tacked to effect repairs in time to tack back on the layline to the windward mark. She rounded just ahead of Amsterdamed, but there were enough boats close enough that Amsterdamed sould still take victory. 
Saudade broaches during a pre-Cup training sail
On the downwind leg, the repair team on Okyalos went up the mast once more and Amsterdamed was close enough to attack, but were too close to avoid a luff from Okyalos and their boom touched Okyalos's runner. They immediately hoisted the 'I' flag and accepted a 20% penalty. It was a big mistake as Amsterdamed was able to power up the next beat to put enough boats between them and Okyalos, if not for the 20% penalty. Okyalos were able to nurse their rig to finish in tenth place and claim the One Ton Cup. Amsterdamed took second, while Mean Machine's win in the race gave them third overall. Zurich finished fourth, and Fram XI fifth.
Japan's Ninja finished .. overall, seen here following Saudade around a leeward mark
The top boats were all considered close in speed - Jeppesen designs took first and fourth, while Judel/Vrolijk had second and third, and their boats looked good all round with a bit extra upwind. Farr designs took fifth and sixth, and would probably have looked better if Brava had not lost her rig, as she was felt to be close to Mean Machine and Amsterdamed.  The first four boats all sported Diamond sail inventories.
Danish yacht Zurich, finished fourth overall

Okyalos was bought by French interests and became Corum Diamante, forming part of the 1991 French Admiral's Cup team. She returned to Greece after the 1993 Admiral's Cup and has since been repainted in her original scheme and was recently offered for sale by her present German owners.
Corum Diamante (ex-Okyalos VI) during the 1991 Admiral's Cup
Okyalos VI seen more recently, and still looks in race-winning condition

4 October 2015

One Ton Revisited 2016

Here's an updated announcement for a European-based One Ton event, which is being promoted by Dutch yachtsman Vincent de Vries, the owner of the Carter design and 'Tina' typeThere are hopes for 30 One Tonners to attend, and all types of One Tonners are welcome, from cruiser/racers from the 60's to the most modern flat out racers from the 90's.

Vincent de Vries Carter-designed One Tonner l'Esprit du Morbihan - originally found as a centreboard ketch and restored to her present glory over five years

2 October 2015

Dive dive!

Here's a great couple of photos spotted recently on the "1/4 ton zeilers" page, of the Fauroux Quarter Tonner Re.Invention (KA R 27), seen here pushing the envelope downwind in fresh conditions. The photos were taken by David Wallace and feature on the wall of the members bar at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Australia. Re.Invention sailed in the 1984 Quarter Ton Cup in Nieuwpoort and finished seventh. 

27 September 2015

Quarter Ton Cup 1978

The 1978 Quarter Ton Cup was sailed in Sajima, Japan, and featured strong winds with choppy seas, that took out the masts of the production versions of the previous 1977 winner, the Holland-design Manzanita, and saw numerous capsizes. The Cup was won by a Japanese design Magician V, a fairly conventional but modified production boat, built by the Yamaha Corporation in a lengthy project to win the Cup and to promote their designs.
Magician V - winner of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup
The 1978 Quarter Ton Cup marked Japan’s first victory in a world yachting championship, and also began of a new era of grand prix-style yacht racing, with open works team participation. Magician V, helmed by Roy Cundiff and Gerry Gavin of North Sails USA, with a Japanese navigator and foredeck hand, sailed consistently to take the series with a 4/3/1/5/2 scoresheet. They were able to harness the potential of the relatively light displacement fractionally-rigged boat. This potential was revealed in the first race when they were able to carry a spinnaker on the second reach, while many of the leaders could not, and consequently planed up to the front of the fleet from a poor early position.   
Magician V with a weather position on the rest of the 1978 Quarter Ton fleet
Magician V won the shorter offshore race in extremely strong winds (reported by the Japanese Navy as gusting to 45 knots), recording nearly a solid half-hour of planing in rough water where some of their less-powerfully shaped rivals were on a thin line of control. Cundiff recalled the conditions encountered early on the second leg; "Before we arrived at that mark the wind had built to 45 knots with 15 to 18 foot seas running. Boats were capsizing all over. In that race we dropped the spreaders in twice. With a strong current running in the vicinity of the second mark and with the sea conditions the way they were, few boats were making any progress at the mark. We quickly saw that and decided to sail right in next to the beach off a nearby island. There we managed to work our way up the shoreline, and by the time we cleared the island, we were nearly one hour ahead of the nearest boats. Then on the last leg, the 45-knot wind fizzled out to nothing, leaving a stomach-churning 15-to-18-foot sea. Fortunately, the wind finally filled in for the remainder of the leg, allowing us to finish the race". 
Even the winning yacht was not immune from being knocked down during the wild conditions encountered during the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup
In equally strong winds during the last, long offshore race, they started four minutes late after a premature start, but managed to sail steadily through the fleet to secure their overall victory.
Magician V - winner of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup
Magician V started life as a production fibreglass hull. But after extensive modifications, including microballon bumps, carbon fibre reinforcement, an extended transom, flush deck, stripped out interior and a taller mast, providing 25 square feet of extra sail, she bore little resemblance to the production boats that normally left the Yamaha factory.
Kamikaze Express (left), second overall, and Seaflyer (right), third overall
Another Japanese boat, Kamikaze Express, a rakish looking Japanese-designed centreboarder that had one the Japanese selection trials, finished second overall and won the last race, with series results of 7/6/3/2/1 indicating continued improvement throughout the regatta. Six of the top ten finishers in the 32-boat fleet were Japanese entries, which may have been due in part that they were well accustomed to sailing in the wild and hazardous waters of the Sagami Nada. Competition in the local fleet was also bolstered by a 30 percent tax levied on all boats over 7.5 metres that had seen the number the Quarter Tonners in Japan soar.
Kamakaze Express - above and below, sailed by Mikio Tokano and designed by Toshio Kihara

During the series, the mainland of Japan seemed to be teetering between two huge wind systems, so that depressions and anti-cyclones rushed past to the north and south, while the wind in between became extremely unpredictable in direction and strength. This coupled with a current that ran as much as four knots, creating seas that were often extremely rough and confused.
Part of the 32-boat fleet soon after a start during the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup

New Zealand had a design connection to the third placed boat, the Whiting-designed Australian entry Seaflyer, which finished with results of 5/7/2/1/3. Seaflyer was a development of Magic Bus, and of specially designed offset construction plywood and had a centreboard. Potentially Seaflyer was the fastest in the fleet, but a lack of tuning time probably cost the Australians the win. The boat had also been designed for optimum performance in light to moderate winds and flat seas. Unfortunately it blew hard for four of the five races, with vicious sea conditions common throughout, churned up by a combination of wind and racing tidal currents. 
German entry Four Samurais designed by Axel Mohnhaupt finished fourth overall (with placings of 1/5/9/4/8)
As it was, Seaflyer lost the series by a mere two placings in the final 210 mile race – strong winds and high seas in the last half of the race proved too much for the lightweight centreboarder and she wasn’t able to hold off the determined challenge from the two top Japanese yachts. Knowing they had to finish two places ahead of Magician V in the final race, Hugh Treharne and his crew drove Seaflyer to the limit, capsizing twice as they sought the achieve an overall victory. Her first capsize came midway through the race, the result of a wild broach under spinnaker. The second was at night while sailing upwind – a rearing wave knocked the boat into an involuntary tack, while the crew were still stacked on the weather rail. The Australians recovered from that more frightening episode to finish behind Kamikaze Express and Magician V (profile plan, left) to take out second overall.  
Japanese yacht Shoun A approaches a gybe mark - she finished ninth overall

Another Japanese yacht, Paradice, a Peterson-designed centreboarder, did not fare as well. On the last leg (upwind) in 25-35 knot winds and 12-foot seas, Paradice rounded up during a gust, and a wave caught her and tacked her. With the no.3 jib cleated and the double-reefed mainsail held by the running backstay, the boat lay on her side until a subsequent wave completely turtled her, the centreboard fell out of the boat, and water poured in through the open companionway. The boat began to settle by the stern, upside-down. The crew had just enough time to dive below to release the liferaft before the boat sank in 600 metres of water. The crew were rescued by a passing freighter 17 hours later, having been swept 24 miles eastward by a strong current into the main shipping lanes. 
Four Samurais leads Magician V into a leeward mark during the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup

At least four other centreboarders capsized during the series, including the yacht Oooh Vind, a Groupe Finot design with a swiveling keel, controlled by a lever on deck that could be angled to windward, hopefully to provide a few extra degrees of pointing ability. The same gale force wind that hit Paradice caused Oooh Vind to promptly capsize, tossing all four crew into the sea, with one sailor nearly drowning. The capsizes all happened in the two long offshore races which had taken the fleet into the ‘black current’ waters at the entrance to Sagami Bay, where racing tides of up to four knots rip between rocky islands. The reaction of wind against current whipped up short, steep waves which at times looked – and felt – like brick walls. Many competitors were critical of the organisers for sending the small yachts into what was considered to be a dangerous sailing area. Altogether there were 23 DNF’s in the series, and six earlier retirements did not even start in the final race. 
Magician V sails upwind in moderate conditions

Of the three New Zealand crews competing, the best effort was tenth overall by Black Arrow II, a Peterson design skippered by Tony Bouzaid (16/12/12/9/18). Mark Patterson, sailing the Holland design Vago, withdrew after a win and a dismasting, while John Bonica in Self Whiting finished 22nd overall, and suffered from a torn mainsail forcing her retirement in the final offshore race. Helmer Pederson skippered the Japanese yacht Rodem V, which was uncompetitive and finished 17th.

Magician V seen in a more forlorn state in Japan in recent times
A film of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup that has recently surfaced can be seen below.

11 September 2015

The International 50-Foot Class - Part 4

The final installment in the International 50-Foot Class story...

Jim Andrews' Richel/Pugh design Abracadabra, skippered by John Kolius, comfortably won the 1990 50-Foot World Cup, and went on to win again in 1991, this time skippered by Paul Cayard sailing under the Italian flag (with many of his crew from the Il Moro di Venezia America’s Cup campaign). But World Cup honours didn’t seem likely after the first event, in Key West, when Mike Peacock’s new Farr design Juno V topped the 15-boat fleet, marking the first time in over a year that a Farr boat had won a 50-Foot event. 
The 50's get underway in a start at Key West, 1991 (right to left - Carat VII, Container, Windquest, Mandrake, Heaven Can Wait, Pro-Motion, Springbok)
The competition was as hot as ever, and only two points separated second through sixth in the overall standings. The new Australian Farr-design Heaven Can Wait came in second overall, while the early leader, Mark Morita’s latest boat, Champosa VII, a Reichel/Pugh design, finished third. 
Windquest comes head to wind as she is hit by Carat VII (right)
The most spectacular sight at the regatta had to be the three-boat pileup on the first beat of the last race. Windquest was approaching the starboard layline on port tack, to windward of Carat VII. Both ducked behind Pro-Motion on starboard, then tacked to leeward of a pack of starboard tackers led by the new Briand-designed Capricorno. Carat spun the helm hard and hit Windquest, which was slower to tack. As Carat slammed into Windquest’s aft quarter, she stopped Windquest’s tack and pushed her back onto port tack. The two boats were locked together, Carat’s bow stuck in one of Windquest’s staunchions (photo, right), and Capricorno, coming in on starboard, had nowhere to go. She barrelled into the intersection between Carat and Windquest, costing Capricorno the first four feet of her bow. This raised serious questions about her berth on the French Admiral’s Cup team later that year, and whether for that reason or not, that place was taken by Corum Saphir (although this could have been the same boat).
50-Foot racing circa 1991

Abracadabra didn’t feature in the results in Key West, but claimed a clear victory in Miami, with impressively consistent scores of 1/2/3/1/2/4, yielding a 13 point win over the second placed Nelson/Marek design Insatiable, while the new Farr design Mandrake (Design #224) was third. Abracadabra had undergone slight modifications before the 1991 – more ballast was added, and a new lighter rig had been stepped. 
Typical close quarters racing in a 50-Foot World Cup event, circa 1991
The beginnings of some disquiet within the class at the escalating costs of commissioning a modern 50-footer led to president of the International 50-Foot Class Association (IFYA) Wictor Forss taking the unprecedented step at the Miami owner’s meeting of recommending that the class become one-design. Forss presented the owners with a pair of drawings of how a new one-design 50-footer could look – featuring light displacement with good upwind stability, a deep fin keel with a bulb, 10-12 person crews, and unhindered by the continual changes of the IOR. A panel of six owners was formed at the meeting to study the feasibility of going one-design. 
More close quarters 50-Foot racing, with Container on the outside of Windquest
Skyrocketing costs aside, the racing remained as good as ever. Abracadabra took a third consecutive win in the Lymington leg of the World Cup, held in July 1991 as part of the Oracle IOR Regatta, and ahead of that year's Admiral’s Cup. Juno V kept the pressure on Abracadabra right to the end, and took second place, followed by the new Container. The presence of the 50-footers in the 1991 Admiral's Cup had been assured when the organisers had earlier decided that each team include a One Tonner, Two Tonner and a 50-footer, reflecting the typical composition of teams in the 1989 event (although the need to field a 50-footer hardly encouraged more teams to attend). 
The Australian Frers-designed Cyclone
The eight 50-footers in the Admiral's Cup were Corum Saphir (the top 50-footer of the regatta and part of the winning French team), Mandrake Krizia (Italy), Champosa VII (USA), Juno V (Britain), Container (Germany), Tuborg (ex-Container 89, Denmark), Will (Japan) and the Frers-design Cyclone (Australia). 
The 1991 Container (photo shockwave40)
Container's owner Udo Schutz, had a new boat built for 1991 - although she was scarcely different from her predecessor, she had grown a little in length to suit the new 40.5ft rating that the IFYA had introduced in 1991. The Danes had chosen the old 1989-vintage Container to fill the 50-foot berth for their team. Another name change reflected her new sponsor, Tuborg. However, while the old Container had been a mainstay of the Dane's impressive second placing in 1989, Tuborg was off the pace in 1991 after suffering a collapsed mast step and significant loss of rig tension, with the problem only diagnosed halfway through the 1991 series. Tuborg became the weak link in the Danish team's disappointing sixth place. 
Tuborg - the 1989 Container, sailed for the Danish team in the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40)
The final regatta for the 1991 World Cup was held in Miura (Sagami Bay), Japan. As with the 1989 series held in the same venue, only four races were possible when a large high pressure system prevented completion of the scheduled seven races. Mandrake won the series, with Champosa VII second. Cayard and Abracadabra were third on countback (with Champosa), which was enough to give them World Cup honours over Juno V and Mandrake
Juno V after finishing a race during the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40)
Abracadabra crosses behind Mandrake during the 1991 Japan World Cup series
After the Japan series the issue of one-design was tabled following the deliberations of the feasibility study, and the owners unanimously voted for a radical change in boat design. It was decided that, beginning with the 1995 circuit, the IFYA would scrap its adopted IOR measurement rule and become a one-design class, which would be a collaboration of the top 50-foot designers (Farr, Reichel/Pugh, Nelson/Marek and Judel/Vrolijk). It was intended that the boat would be designed for offshore grand-prix racing, but not to a formula driven IOR design, although it would be raceable under the IMS rule. The new design did not come to fruition, however, with the IYFA eventually following the IOR into sailing oblivion, and seemingly taking any momentum for a new type of boat with it. 
Champosa VII (1992 IFYA World Cup champion) douses her spinnaker ahead of a leeward mark during the 1991 Admiral's Cup
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 50-footers, which at that time included Will for Japanese owner Ryouji Oda (#211), Juno V, Springbok and Mandrake.
Australian 50-Footer Ragamuffin in power reaching conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup

The original Will was followed in 1991 by a new design (#260). The Farr design notes for the new Will describe the changes from earlier generation boats - "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." 

In what was the last of the 50-foot World Cup circuits, coinciding with the final demise of the IOR, the 1993 event was won by Carat VII Citroen. The 1993 Admiral's Cup was also the last one sailed under IOR, and the eight 50-footers that sailed were Container (for the winning German team), Ragamuffin (Australia), Corum Saphir (France), Mandrake (Italy), Champosa VII (Japan), Indulgence (Britain, the ex-Juno V) and Jameson 3 (Ireland, the ex-Heaven Can Wait) and Pro-motion VII (Netherlands). The series was notable for the incredibly close win by Germany over Australia (by 0.25 points), but also for the serious collision between Mandrake and Pro-motion VII in the fifth race (photo, right) that saw both yachts forced to retire for the remainder of the regatta.
Germany's Container prepares to round a weather mark during the 1993 Admiral's Cup

Ireland's Jameson 3 (ex-Heaven Can Wait) broaches in fresh downwind conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup
Champosa VII was bought by a New Zealand yachtsman and underwent some modifications to fulfil a new purpose as a cruiser/racer (and has had her rig recently trimmed to improve handling while cruising). Other 50-footers that seem to be enjoying a second life include Container and Yeoman XXVII (for sale here).  

Champosa VII re-launched in Auckland, early 1995
Champosa VII returns to Auckland following a cruise in the Hauraki Gulf, 2012
Will (possibly the second one) is sitting in the Tamaki River in Auckland looking somewhat worse for wear. Cyclone has been converted to a cruiser-racer and has competed in the Sydney-Hobart.

Part 1 of this series can be seen here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.