Walker chartered Phoenix from the boat's owner, an American based in London, and sailed well through the British Admiral's Cup trials. Phoenix joined two other One Tonners, Jade and Panda, to make up the British team for the 1985 series. The boat's owner shared time on the boat with Walker, while Cudmore put together a strong crew, and signed up new British J-24 champion Eddie Warden-Owen to helm the boat.
|The sad sight of Indulgence being lifted from the water after her collision with a sunken wreck off Bembridge Ledge|
|Phoenix in fresh downwind conditions on the Solent|
|Hull profile of the Beneteau One Ton design of 1984/85 - the design was relatively short, light, beamy and well-canvassed, and with a high prismatic coefficient|
Results in the 1985 One Ton Cup, held in Poole, were perhaps as expected for a crew that were still getting to know the boat, and she finished 13th in a hot 38-boat fleet, including many One Tonners that were using the event as a warm-up for the Admiral's Cup. Her team-mates Jade and Panda finished first and third. Experience from the One Ton Cup was used to tune Phoenix, with adjustments made to the ballast, deck gear and sails to trade some upwind speed for better reaching and running form.
|Phoenix crosses behind Australia's Drakes Prayer in light upwind conditions during the 1985 Admiral's Cup|
|Phoenix in close company with the much higher rating Almagores (ITA, centre) and Jade (inshore) in the stampede to the finish of the first inshore past Cowes Green during the 1985 Admiral's Cup|
|Phoenix in fresh conditions during the 1985 Admiral's Cup (photo is possibly before the start of the Fastnet Race)|
|Port Barcelona comes back into the marina during the 1986 One Ton Cup in Palma de Majorque|
|Port Barcelona soon after a start during the 1986 Sardinia Cup, with Germany's Diva G ahead and to leeward|
|Port Barcelona during the 1986 Sardinia Cup|