As a result, Design 82 was slightly heavier than the 727, with slightly more beam and considerably more sail area. The longer overhang made her a longer yacht overall as well.
|Anchor Challenge undergoes some early surgery on the hull around the after girth station measurement area (photo Sea Spray)|
|Anchor Challenge in reaching conditions off Westhaven, Auckland (photo Alan Sefton/Seahorse)|
|Hull profile and deck layout for Design 82 (Farr Yacht Design)|
|Roy Dickson guides Anchor Challenge to windward during the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup|
But the local fleet were comprehensively beaten by the Jacques Faroux-designed Bullit, which at the time demonstrated that European design thinking had overtaken the New Zealand style of boat, with more of a dish shape, with less depth and more beam, a longer stern overhang and an ability to surf downwind much more easily than her rivals. A displacement of some 50kg less than Anchor Challenge also helped.
The long stern overhang, that gave the yacht some 2ft of extra length, would incur a rating penalty the following year, but the boat was designed only to win the 1980 series.
|Anchor Challenge is well reefed down during the long offshore race in the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup (photo Farr Yacht Design)|
|Drawing from a 1981 advertisement for Anchor Challenge|
Anchor Challenge was sold after the Cup to the US and spent the next 15 years around the New York area. She was then found in Key West by English yachtsman Peter Morton who took the boat to England to join the recent revival of the European Quarter Ton fleet. She was still in original condition at her first Quarter Ton Cup in nearly thirty years, and the race report at the time noted that the crew were reliant on spare parts and equipment they already own or could beg, borrow or steal from other members of the fleet. As a result the boat was sailed with three different sail numbers, a spare rig, and more duct tape and emergency bits of string than one would have thought possible. They also brought out a secret weapon not seen in the Quarter Ton fleet since the 1980s - a blooper, and after a bit of practice the crew made good use of the sail on the downwind legs of the regatta (photo left).
|Anchor Challenge during the 2010 Quarter Ton Cup (photo Fiona Brown)|
|Rounding a windward mark, Quarter Ton Cup 2010 (photo Fiona Brown)|
|The spray flies and its time for the bowman to get aft! (photo Paul Wyeth)|