|Norway's One Tonner Fram XI|
1989 thus became the year of the 50-footers, with the new breed of these Admiral's Cup 'maxis' leading to line and handicap wins in five of the six races, and taking the four of the top five places overall. The Farr 50 Jamarella (rating 40.0ft IOR), owned by Alan Gray, led the charge for the British team (alongside the Castro 45 Juno IV and the Andrieu One Tonner Indulgence VII) with a superbly consistent 1/3/2/3/2/4 series that made her top individual performer in the 42-boat fleet (from 14 nations), and spearheaded Britain's first cup win since 1981.
Jamarella - top yacht overall in the 1989 Admiral's Cup
|The Castro 45 Juno IV (K-504, 35.17ft IOR) sailed in the winning British team, finishing 13th overall|
|French yacht Xeryus De Givenchy, a Farr 44 (33.9ft IOR), finished in 24th place (the French team finished fourth overall)|
|The results of the Channel Race, with the 50's dominant - Will first, Andelsbanken second and Jamarella third|
Denmark had realised the potential of the 50-footers early and were quick to secure the German 50 Container in its team alongside Andelsbanken IV - this was a potent combination (along with their Farr One Tonner 4K) that nearly secured Denmark's first ever win in the series. However, the loss of Andelsbanken IV's forestay in the fifth race saw the team drop to second place overall.
|The Danish 50-footer Andelsbanken IV, a Jeppeson design finished sixth overall, and is seen here to windward of the top overall yacht, Jamarella|
|Mean Machine (Netherlands) finished as the second top One Tonner, in 8th place (photo Seahorse)|
|Beck's Diva, part of the eighth placed German team, rounds a leeward mark behind team-mate Rubin XI|
|The Japanese yacht Will, one of the top 50-footers - another Farr design and built by Cookson Boats, finished second overall with placings of 8/1/4/6/4/5, although the Japanese team finished in seventh place|
|Stockbroker's Container, which finished fourth overall, fends off the 43-footers Pinta and Rubin XII downwind|
|Australia's Hitchhiker III, a Farr One Tonner, was chartered to the Irish and finished in 32nd place (the Irish team ended the series second-last, at 13th overall)|
|Will sails upwind in fully powered trim with all crew to weather|
|Jamarella arriving at Lymington Marina during the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40)|