9 October 2012

Racing in San Francisco 27 years ago...

This clip has been around for a while now, but is a rare glimpse of the thrills and spills of IOR racing in the late 1980s. It also provides a nice demonstration of the handling problems that resulted from the focus of the rulemakers on forcing increased displacement which was combined with diamond-shaped hull forms, lofty rigs and high centres of gravity. The clip features wipeouts by the Swedish IOR 50 Carat (possibly during the 1988 Big Boat Series), followed by the Bruce Nelson designed Challenge 88 during the windy second race of the 1988 One Ton Cup (where she finished top non-Farr design at 7th overall, and which was won by New Zealand's Propaganda). Bodacious can be seen taking evasive action. The third boat is another IOR 50, Diane, which loses her rig, and then a crewman....


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