5 April 2013

Admiral's Cup 1983

This post features some photographs and video from the 1983 Admiral's Cup series - the regatta was won by a strong German team of two minimum raters (30.0ft IOR), Outsider and Sabina, and the bigger Pinta (sistership to Container). The light airs in both the Channel Race and the Fastnet favoured smaller yachts, and Germany was ideally placed in this respect, with all three yachts finishing very highly in the individual results to give them a commanding 167 point margin over the second placed Italian team in the final standings.
Lady Be, one of the chartered yachts in the New Zealand team, rounding a weather mark with US yacht Locura in pursuit
The video below is from an interview (in German) with crew from the Jacques de Ridder designed Sabina (winner of the Channel Race and second individual yacht overall), Thomas Michaelsen and Tim Kroger. The sailing footage starts at 3:15 and ends at 5:45, with some good top mark rounding shots of the three German yachts.  

Sabina and Di-hard in action at a gybe mark during the 1983 Admiral's Cup

A second and shorter video can also be viewed here. This features interviews with the same crew from Sabina, and the the sailing footage starts from 1:13 (note, for some reason these links may not work on Apple systems like iPad).
Germany's Container 79 (sailing for Austria) and Italy's Almagores charging down the Solent during the first race of the series
Lady Be leads Scarlett O'Hara downwind (photo Alan Sefton)
Shockwave (New Zealand) gets off to a great start in the second race, with team-mate Lady Be up to weather, the two boats going on to score third and fourth in this race (photo from Jonathan Eastland's archives)
The Tony Castro designed Justine IV, skippered by Harold Cudmore to third place overall thanks to some very strong performances in the offshore races, but part of an otherwise unsuccessful (11th placed) Irish team

Australian yacht Bondi Tram, a custom German Frers 41ft design, and top yacht of the fourth placed Australian team
The Oyster 43 Stephen Jones-designed Black Topic was the highest placed of the British team and is seen here before the Admiral's Cup and before her name change (the RORC thought her original name of Black Top was too close to owner Dixon Atkinson's tarmacadam business) - 1983 saw the British finish well down the placings at eighth overall
The German yacht Espada sailed for the Austrian team, and seen here in the second race
The Ed Dubois designed 42 footer Indulgence (32.7ft IOR) - top yacht of the British trials but finished as the lowest placed of the British team. After leading the fleet in the early stages of the Fastnet race she took a long tack into oblivion and never recovered

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