|Admiral's Cup 1979|
Police Car proved to be everything Cantwell could have wanted - the wind in Melbourne for the Australian Admiral's Cup trials gave the yacht the opportunity to extend herself, particularly in anything over 20 knots downwind. She won the trials and qualified for the Australian team, alongside Gerald Lambert's Impetuous and Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin. Police Car then went to Poole for the 1979 Two Ton Cup, held a month before the Admiral's Cup in Cowes, where she found the conditions there an anathema - the light and shifting winds for that regatta were far from her forte. As with many of the other Two Tonners in Poole, Police Car had optimised her rating for the Admiral's Cup and so gave away about half a foot of rating in the series.
|Police Car in close company with Vanguard (to weather), Morning Cloud (to leeward) and Rrose Selavay (bottom)|
|Police Car sails downwind in fresh conditions during the 1979 Admiral's Cup, above and below (photo Jonathan Eastland photo archives)|
|Police Car to leeward of Argentinian yacht Red Rock IV|
|Shipping water over the bow in fresh conditions during the 1979 Admiral's Cup|
In the third inshore race it should have been Police Car's day to show off her much-vaunted downwind speed - the wind was blowing a full gale and the tides were running fast in the opposite direction. The crew were pumping the spinnaker sheet and guy like crazy as the blue boat hurtled down the Solent in a flurry of spray. However, Police Car had been involved in a startline collision with Brazil's Indigo, and later faced two protests, one of which she acknowledged and took a 20 percent penalty to drop from fifth to 17th. She survived the second protest.
|Police Car surges downwind with spinnaker and blooper set during the 1979 Admiral's Cup|
|Police Car thunders down the Solent, chasing Italian yacht Vanina who appears to have lost control of their blooper sail (photo Beken)|
|Police Car arriving in Plymouth after the finish of the 1979 Fastnet race (photo Jonathan Eastland photo archives)|
|Police Car competing in the Clipper Cup, possibly during the 1980 series|
|Police Car during the 1981 Australian Admiral's Cup trials (photo Chris Furey)|
|Police Car seen here in Mooloolaba in 1983, still sporting her 'pink section' mast repair (photo Chris Furey)|
|Showing her longevity in the Australian IOR scene, Police Car also sailed in the 1985 Australian Admiral's Cup trials, seen here to windward of the Dubois One Tonner Black Magic (photo Chris Furey)|
|Police Car during the 1984 Sydney-Hobart race, and still sporting the pink mast (photo Police Car Facebook page)|
|Police Car after the Sydney Hobart race in 1994, with a different livery (from the Police Car Facebook page)|
|Police Car at the CYCA marina before the 2002 Sydney-Hobart race, and after her refit by Alan Duffy and return to her original paint scheme|
Police Car is currently understood to be located in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, and as of the start of 2016 was undergoing another extensive restoration (see the Facebook page here).