These new generation One Tonners were considered experimental at the time, combining light displacement and high ballast ratios with the use of a deep and efficient centreboard and a more flexible and complex rig than Farr's earlier fixed keel One Tonners. The yachts were a significant development of Farr's earlier keelboats from 1975/76 and after the rulemakers failed to close the centreboard loophole exposed to great effect by the Britton Chance design Resolute Salmon a year earlier, a centreboard was chosen rather than a keel, although the fins on the Farr yachts weighed about 750lbs, despite the fact that this was discouraged by the IOR.
|Smir-Noff-Agen heads downwind under spinnaker, shooter and reefed main - NZ One Ton Cup trials 1977|
Smir-Noff-Agen faced an early challenge over sponsorship advertising, and changes were made to the yacht's signwriting before the New Zealand One Ton Cup trials began, but the name survived. Challenges to the stability of the new centreboarders were also met in the case of Smir-Noff-Agen by undergoing a pull-down test, with the centreboard half-retracted, which she easily passed.
|Smir-Noff-Agen undergoing a pull-down test in Westhaven, September 1977 (above and below)|
Lidgard and his crew went on to contest the trials to determine the New Zealand six-boat team for the One Ton Cup. She started solidly with a second in the first and second races, but lost her rig in the middle distance race. The mast was repaired in time for the fourth race which she won, and followed this with a second in the long ocean race to qualify for the team in third place overall.
|The crew are in for a long night after a failed spreader caused Smir-Noff-Agen's rig to come down in the middle distance offshore race (photo DB Yachting Annual)|
|Smir-Noff-Agen during the One Ton Cup trials, with The Red Lion about to try to cross on port (photo DB Yachting Annual 1978)|
|Smir-Noff-Agen crosses behind The Red Lion during the 1977 One Ton Cup (photo Farr Yacht Design)|
|Smir-Noff-Agen sailing to windward, with Smackwater Jack to leeward (photo Farr Yacht Design)|
|Smir-Noff-Agen competing in the 1977 Southern Cross Cup series|
|Scallywag before the start of the 1982 Sydney to Hobart race|
|Scallywag II on her way to winning the 1982 Sydney to Hobart race|