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    Default Alan H.'s ALPHA (Piper Class) Sailing in Oakland Estuary on Sunday

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    Default Re: Alan H.'s ALPHA (Piper Class) Sailing in Oakland Estuary on Sunday

    Very pretty lines.

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    Default Re: Alan H.'s ALPHA (Piper Class) Sailing in Oakland Estuary on Sunday

    The Piper was designed by David Boyd.

    Here’s a thing that I just learned by following Julian Everitt’s FB page:

    As might be remembered the first two 12 metre challenges were mounted by Britain and both boats, Sceptre and Sovereign, were designed by David Boyd. The defenders were by Olin Stephens.

    Sceptre was well beaten but Sovereign was thrashed by 20 minutes in one race.

    Britain’s tail was between our legs and we more or less gave up.

    Baron Bich saw an opportunity and bought Sovereign, Kurrewa and Constellation as trial horses for his own challenge:

    Julian writes:



    “Near sisterships Kurrewa V and Sovereign designed by David Boyd slogging it out in trials to select the British challenger for the 1964 America's Cup. Sovereign went on to win the honour only to be defeated in the AC itself by the American defender Constellation. Many felt at the time that Kurrewa would have put up a more effective challenge.


    Sovereign went on to suffer one of the biggest defeats in America’s Cup history when, in the second race, Constellation finished over 20 minutes ahead. But interestingly enough when Baron Bich bought Kurrewa, Sovereign and Constellation as trial horse for his first ever tilt at the America’s Cup in 1970, the huge performance differences largely evaporated. Equipped with equal sails, rigs, deck gear and crew, the two Boyd designed 12’s became a match for the Olin Stephens designed Constellation.


    The fact is that back in 1964 when strict Nationality rules applied, to design, build, sails, equipment and of course sailing personnel, the Brits were simply no match for the Americans. In the sail department alone, performance differences were so great that any subtlety of hull or keel shape was rendered ineffective.”
    Last edited by Andrew Craig-Bennett; 12-08-2022 at 06:43 PM.
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