Eclipse was owned and campaigned by Jeremy Rogers, who had enjoyed much success with his previous Peterson yacht Moonshine, and before that the 1974 One Ton Cup winner Gumboots. Rogers was responsible for the build of a number of British Cup hopefuls, and those commitments meant that his new Eclipse only hit the water a week before the first race in the British trials. Eclipse was built in exotics, a forerunner of a vacuum bag layup, and featured the lightest construction and displacement of any of the Admiral's Cuppers of 1979. She also displayed wider and more powerful stern sections than had been evident on earlier Peterson yachts, and this would seem to have been a useful trait when sailing downwind in the strong winds that would be experienced in the Admiral's Cup that year. Rogers also filled the boat with talent, with Phil Crebbin and Chris Law from Moonshine sharing helming duties. Bill Tripp from the Peterson office was also on board.
|Eclipse during the 1979 Admiral's Cup during the lighter airs of the first race (photo Facebook)|
|Eclipse during the 1979 Admiral's Cup during the lighter airs of the first race (photo Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing)|
|Eclipse heads downwind in fresh conditions with spinnaker and shooter set (photo Guy Gurney)|
|Aerial view of Eclipse during the 1979 Admiral's Cup (photo Seahorse)|
|Eclipse sails downwind close behind Red Rock IV|