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Big Boat": KZ - 1 hapless challenger for the America's Cup 1988   KZ-1 was said to be the fastest monohull of her size at that time.
Yacht / Country : “The Big Boat” / NZL Sail Number :        K  KZ - 1 Syndicate :            New Zealand Challenge ‘88 CEO:                    Sir Michael Fay Yacht Club:           Mercury Bay Boating Club Designer :            Bruce Farr Boat Builder :       Mt Wellington, Auckland Skipper:               David Barres 1988
The merchant banker Sir Michael Fay tried to challenge the San Diego Yacht Club respectively  Dennis Conner with this Big Boat of 135 ft (36,6 m ) - but not exceeding the 90 ft  (27,4 m)  waterline as stipulated by the Deed of Gift - He wanted  to sail already in 1988 hoping that the USA can not  arrange an equivalent “monster” within this short time - and to lose therefore the Cup on paper. The club refused the challenge but was finally forced by the New York Court to accept it. The deck view explains her another nickname “aircraft-carrier”. She had a crew of 40 people, 8 of them operating the “coffee-grinders” below deck. Images show that 15 -20 of them were just sitting on the  windward  overhang  in order to balance the yacht’s heeling. KZ-1 was said to be the fastest monohull of her size at that time.
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