The first boat to the new design was finished at the end of 1984 as the Rubin VIII the latest in a long line of boats to wear the Rubin badge for German yachtsman Hans-Otto Schumann. In keeping with Schumann's fascination with the technology of fast boats, he fitted an elliptical keel, based on concepts tested at Heidelberg University. Rubin VIII joined the German team for the 1985 Admiral's Cup, alongside the 44ft Diva G and another new One Tonner Outsider. Rubin VIII was considered to have a smoother shape than Outsider, and to be a better all-rounder and less cranky in fresh downwind conditions.
Both Outsider and Rubin VIII sailed a patchy series in the 1985 One Ton Cup in Poole, the month before the Admiral's Cup, but had managed a first and second between them during the five race series. However, the German team put together a solid performance in the Admiral's Cup to successfully defend their earlier win in 1983.
In a reversal of pre-regatta form and predictions, Outsider was the top German yacht, finishing second overall, while Rubin VIII also placed strongly and together they were able to overcome the handicap of the larger Diva G in a series where the smaller boats dominated.
|Outsider - second overall and the top German boat in the 1985 Admiral's Cup|
|Rubin VIII above and below|
|Rubin VIII during the 1986 Sardinia Cup|
|Saudade powers upwind (photo Peter Neumann)|
|Saudade can be seen here in the middle of a crowded startline during the 1987 Admiral's Cup|
|Saudade after the finish of the 1987 Fastnet Race, with team-mate Diva G in the background (photo Shockwave40 blogspot)|
|Above and below - cockpit details of Saudade (photos courtesy of Ian Watson)|
Saudade is still sailing and maintained in good condition, as seen below, and carries the Heatwave name, having been bought by the yachtsman who had owned the ex-New Zealand One Tonner featured in the previous post.