|1971 One Ton Cup winner - Stormy Petrel|
The series got underway in very strange conditions - constant and fresh easterlies had affected the pre-regatta preparation for most boats over the previous week, and even precluded any flotation and inclining measurement check. Incredibly, the wind finally ran out of puff just before the start of the first race, an Olympic course 26 miler, leaving light winds and a choppy left-over sea. Syd Fischer's S&S design Stormy Petrel started her regatta the way she would finish it, winning by a good margin over the Dick Carter design Apecist (Germany) and S&S design Young Nick (New Zealand). Curiously, a general recall that was signalled because an inner mark boat was out of position, was ignored by the entire fleet - a subsequent protest by Sweden's Kishmul was ruled invalid and so the results stood.
|Germany's Apecist - started strongly but faded in later stages to finish 12th overall|
|Wai Aniwa powers upwind during one of the offshore races during the 1971 One Ton Cup|
|Italy's Kerkyra IV rounds the leeward mark in the third race ahead of Stormy Petrel and Escapade|
|The photograph by Jack Knights at the first mark of the second race showing Wai Aniwa well clear of team-mates Young Nick (left) and Escapade (right)|
|Optimist B heads back upwind in the third race, with Wai Aniwa and the rest of the fleet still heading downwind|
|Optimist B sails upwind clear of the fleet in the third race|
|Optimist B flat running on the Hauraki Gulf during one of the offshore races during the 1971 One Ton Cup|
|Mustang, a Cuthbertson and Cassian design, chartered by a Canadian team, had her best race in the last race, finishing fourth, but was otherwise disappointing, placing 11th overall|
|The 1971 One Ton Cup commemorative coin|
The next regatta was held in Sydney, Australia. It was not hosted by New Zealand again until 1977, by which time the boats would be very different.
More photos from the 1971 Cup can be seen here.