However, it was generally felt that the best sailors emerged as the winners, and the event proved that Denmark was the current top nation in One Ton racing. After dominating the 3/4 Ton scene for a number of years, they had turned their attention to One Ton size and grabbed first (Andelstanken - above, leading Rubin VIII) and fourth (Aways) in their first attempt at the Cup.
|Andelstanken approaches a windward mark during the 1986 One Ton Cup|
|X-1 Ton profile|
|Andelstanken - winner of the 1986 One Ton Cup (photo Per Heegaard/Dimension Sailcloth)|
|Spain's Sirius IV (above and below) - second in the 1986 One Ton Cup|
The third boat was Port Barcelona (4/12/6/5/16/3), the ex-Phoenix which finished as top individual yacht in the 1985 Admiral's Cup and slightly modified for the expected conditions at Palma.
|Port Barcelona - the ex-Phoenix, finished third (photo Histoiredeshalfs.com)|
|Rubin VIII displays her elliptical keel during onshore preparations for the 1986 One Ton Cup (photo Seahorse)|