|I-Punkt during the 1985 Admiral's Cup (photo Peter Neumann)|
Friese, of Japanese/German extraction,had started his major offshore campaigns with his Peterson 42 Tina, which formed part of the German Admiral's Cup team in 1979. Tina and one of her team-mates Jan Pott had to retire from the storm-tossed Fastnet Race of that year, and the German team finished in a lowly 11th place.
|Tina from the 1979 Admiral's Cup|
Friese came back in 1985 with the commissioning of a sistership to the Judel/Vrolijk 42's Container and Pinta, which were big high-freeboard IOR yachts sporting large fractional rigs. The new yacht, I-Punkt, was considered as as a 'Mk III' of the original Judel/Vrolijk 42 mould that had first been developed for the 1983 Admiral's Cup, being lighter than her sisters with reduced freeboard and sail area, and rated 32.0ft IOR (incidentally, the name I-Punkt translates in German as "the dot on the i", as in being 'on point').
I-Punkt was built in just four weeks by Udo Schutz and Yachtwerf Wedel and was launched on the eve of the German trials. The lack of tuning and preparation was evident, and, along with her sisterships, I-Punkt failed to make the German team and instead the trio sailed for Austria in the 1985 Admiral's Cup. Pinta was the only one of the team to really fire, finishing 12th overall. Both Container and I-Punkt retired from the windy Fastnet race which dragged the Austrian team to eighth overall in the final standings.
|I-Punkt during the Admiral's Cup|
|I-Punkt seen here after the 1987 Fastnet Race with her delaminated rudder visible - this no doubt contributed to her lowly 33rd place in that race (photo shockwave40 blog)|
|I-Punkt in the marina during the 1987 Admiral's Cup (photo Ian W)|
|I-Punkt rounds a weather mark with German yacht Container seen to the right|
|Above and below: I-Punkt in a downwind leg during the Admiral's Cup (photos Peter Neumann)|
|Cockpit detail of I-Punkt (photo Ian W)|
|iPunkt sailing upwind in fresh conditions (photo One Ton Facebook page)|
|I-Punkt seen here alongside Jamarella (centre) at Plymouth Marina after the 1987 Fastnet Race (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
|Another view of I-Punkt at the Admiral's Cup 1987 (photo Ian W)|
|Thomas Friese and crew sailing the Mumm 36 World Champion Thomas I-Punkt - this photo from the Summer 1994 issue of North News|
|I-Punkt in more recent times (above and below), now named Go|
Reference sources for this article include The Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup - An Official History, by Timothy Jeffery (1994), The International Yacht Racing Annual 1987-88, Seahorse magazine, New Zealand Yachting magazine and an article from the Sydney Morning Herald (Dec 27 1987). All effort has been made to resolve any inconsistencies between these various accounts.