|Pied Piper - North American and World One Ton Champion 1975 (photo histoiredeshalfs)|
|Gumboots - 1974 One Ton Cup winner (photo Robert Foley/Yacht Racing)|
|Gumboots and America Jane III in light conditions in the 1975 One Ton Cup|
|The new Kaufman America Jane III (right) alongside the smaller S&S America Jane II (photo histoiredeshalfs)|
|America Jane III in power reaching conditions (photo histoiredeshalfs)|
|The US yacht Artemis, designed by Ron Holland, finished fifth overall (placings 5/6/5/9/9) (photo histoiredeshalfs)|
The first race was an Olympic course sailed in light to moderate airs, and the shift off the Point Judith shore determined the preferred side of the course. However, tactics played second fiddle to boat speed, and in this regard Pied Piper asserted herself early. The second race was a little windier and sailed on a windward-leeward track. There were no real surprises, other than Pied Piper finishing fifth and the race being won by Kindred Spirit, which after a second in the first race was leading the series at this stage. America Jane III bounced back from her poor placing in the first race with a second placing.
|US yacht Kindred Spirit challenged early but finished fourth overall (photo Robert Foley/Yacht Racing magazine)|
|Pied Piper (left) and America Jane III 'bloop' their way downwind (photo Robert Foley/Yacht Racing)|
|Ted Turner's Vamp, chasing Mach II (middle) and Pied Piper (yellow, to the right) (photo histoiredeshalfs)|
Pied Piper was the most consistent boat in the fleet, benefiting from excellent helmsmen and an experienced crew which included Tim Stern and Rod Davis, and she was quickly bought after the series by Ted Turner (who owned and sailed the Peterson designed Vamp to sixth place in the series). She featured a very effective rig, designed by Lowell North who worked closely with Stern on its development. Her genoas appeared to marry well with her forestay curve, and could bend her mast with great control. This allowed her to carry a mainsail with more shape for lighter air and reaching, while still permitting her to flatten the sail for stronger winds. The control over her mast bend was such that the crew rarely needed more than a flattening reef to depower the rig in heavier air. Turner planned to contest the SORC with Pied Piper the following year, but in the meantime took the boat to Australia for the 1975 Southern Cross Cup where she lined up for a close contest with the new Farr design Prospect of Ponsonby. She later competed in the 1979 One Ton Cup, which was again raced in Rhode Island, but by which time she was well off the pace.
|The crew of America Jane III sheet on after rounding a leeward mark (designer Kaufman grinding) (photo Robert Foley/Yacht Racing magazine)|
|The fleet start one of the races in light airs during the 1975 One Ton Cup|