The German's resolved to stick with a strict points format for their trials to avoid the controversy inherent in a subjective system. The perils of this option became apparent when Container was disqualified from the last race of the 1989 trials as a premature starter, resulting in a team comprised of three 44 footers - Becks Diva taking advantage of Container's misfortune to join Rubin XI and Pinta. Having a team of three Two Tonners was clearly not the right approach, but the result could not be overturned. Indeed, the small-boat dominance of previous regattas had been further curbed by changes to the TMF curve, the addition of a fourth (and long) inshore race and a reduction in the points loading on the Channel and Fastnet races.
Germany's loss was Denmark's gain, however, and Container (renamed Stockbroker's Container) went on to join the Farr One Tonner 4K and the Jeppeson design Andelsbanken IV. The merits of this combination appeared strong when the Danes finished the first day as top team, with Stockbroker's Container finishing fourth. The Danes chances came to an end in the fifth race, however, when Andelsbanken IV's forestay parted and the yacht had to retire. This undermined an otherwise dominant performance by Stockbroker's Container and supported by 4K, and the lost points proved impossible to make up in the Fastnet race, and the Danes had to settle for second place. Stockbroker's Container finished as fourth yacht overall with a 32/4/1/5/1/7 series.
|Stockbroker's Container heading to Lymington Marina during the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40.blogspot)|
The rig and sails had to be disconnected and allowed to sink with buoys attached - it was salvaged the next day and the mast was put back together with a few spare parts and a lot of midnight oil. All in all the conditions resulted in approximately $850,000 worth of damage across the fleet. Container didn't do so well in the light air races that followed because the mainsail was destroyed when it sank to the bottom, and a smaller sail had to be used for subsequent races. She finished the series in seventh place overall, with results of 1/DNF/10/6.
|Tuborg, the ex-Container from 1989, competing again for the Danish team in the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40.blogspot.com)|
|The new Container competing in the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40.blogspot.com)|
|Container punches her way out of the Solent in the 1991 Admiral's Cup|
|Refurbishment underway in Valencia, 2010 (photo www.blur.se)|
|Container as seen recently (photo Chorus)|