Legende was a Doug Peterson-designed One Tonner, based on and moulded from the production Jeanneau Sun Legende 41, with the mould 'blocked off' to improve its rating under IOR. The yacht was built to compete in the 1985 SORC, and was similar in proportions and aesthetics to many of the fractional One Tonners of the era, including the Farr yachts such as Total Eclipse (ex-Geronimo).
Unfortunately Legende wasn't finished in time to be properly optimised for the SORC and rated about 0.3ft higher for the series than she should have (30.7ft IOR), and just higher than the One Ton limit of 30.55ft. This was because the keel was too heavy, the engine installation caused a problem with the 'engine propeller factor', and the sails were never hoisted until the regatta started. The boat was skippered Buddy Melges, and performed strongly on the triangles, exhibiting strong upwind speed, but was less successful in the long distance races. Legende finished the regatta in eighth in class and ninth overall, in a year dominated by One Tonners, but could have been in the top five if the rating had been tuned to 30.55ft.
|Legende being launched a day before the start of the 1985 SORC series (photo credit P Bishop)|
|Legende heading out to the start of a race during the 1985 SORC|
|Legende in the marina during the 1985 SORC, alongside the Joubert/Nivelt Innisfree (photo credit P Bishop)|
|Legende sailing upwind during the 1985 SORC|
|Above and below - Legende lies abandoned, circa late 1980s|