Jim Andrews' Richel/Pugh design Abracadabra, skippered by John Kolius, comfortably won the 1990 50-Foot World Cup, and went on to win again in 1991, this time skippered by Paul Cayard sailing under the Italian flag (with many of his crew from the Il Moro di Venezia America’s Cup campaign). But World Cup honours didn’t seem likely after the first event, in Key West, when Mike Peacock’s new Farr design Juno V topped the 15-boat fleet, marking the first time in over a year that a Farr boat had won a 50-Foot event.
|The 50's get underway in a start at Key West, 1991 (right to left - Carat VII, Container, Windquest, Mandrake, Heaven Can Wait, Pro-Motion, Springbok)|
|Windquest comes head to wind as she is hit by Carat VII (right)|
|50-Foot racing circa 1991|
Abracadabra didn’t feature in the results in Key West, but claimed a clear victory in Miami, with impressively consistent scores of 1/2/3/1/2/4, yielding a 13 point win over the second placed Nelson/Marek design Insatiable, while the new Farr design Mandrake (Design #224) was third. Abracadabra had undergone slight modifications before the 1991 series – more ballast was added, and a new lighter rig had been stepped.
|Typical close quarters racing in a 50-Foot World Cup event, circa 1991|
|More close quarters 50-Foot racing, with Container on the outside of Windquest|
|The Australian Frers-designed Cyclone|
|The 1991 Container (photo shockwave40)|
|Tuborg - the 1989 Container, sailed for the Danish team in the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40)|
|Juno V after finishing a race during the 1991 Admiral's Cup (photo shockwave40)|
|Abracadabra crosses behind Mandrake during the 1991 Japan World Cup series|
|Champosa VII (1992 IFYA World Cup champion) douses her spinnaker ahead of a leeward mark during the 1991 Admiral's Cup|
|Australian 50-Footer Ragamuffin in power reaching conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup|
|Container is pushed hard in fresh reaching conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup|
|Germany's Container prepares to round a weather mark during the 1993 Admiral's Cup|
|Ireland's Jameson 3 (ex-Heaven Can Wait) broaches in fresh downwind conditions during the 1993 Admiral's Cup|
|Champosa VII re-launched in Auckland, early 1995|
|Champosa VII returns to Auckland following a cruise in the Hauraki Gulf, 2012|
Part 1 of this series can be seen here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.