7 May 2015

Propaganda - found!

The legendary New Zealand yacht Propaganda has been found - thanks to a post on the One Ton Class page, it appears that Propaganda is located in Hakata, Japan (photo below, 2015, and photo left from 1995). The paintjob is a little different, but she still sports her original Sparcraft spars.

Propaganda, a Farr-designed One Tonner, was the top individual yacht in the 1987 Admiral's Cup, and formed part of the winning New Zealand team of that year, along with Kiwi and Goldcorp. She went on to win the 1988 One Ton Cup in convincing style, before again competing for New Zealand in the 1989 Admiral's Cup.

The history of Propaganda over that 1987-89 period can be seen here.

Update November 2015 - Propaganda has now been bought by a US sailor based in South Korea, as part of the "Elephant Lightning" racing team. and she is now located in the island of Jeju.


  1. This is about the time when offshore sailing yachts of the displacement variety and cruiser / racer style became big dinghies and "formula one" ocean racing was born - for better or worse.

  2. Very great posting. Thank you.

  3. One small correction if I may. The photo captioned "Propaganda seen here motoring to a start during the 1987 Admiral's Cup," is actually in Japan in 1990 when it was owned by Tokyo businessman Jeff Isihata. I know this because I am steering the boat in the photo. It then competed in the Kenwood Cup in Hawaii and then returned to Japan. (John Byrne - Townsville Australia)