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25th AMERICA's CUP 1983  Newport, Rhode Island, USA 
12m KZ-7 Kiwi Magic :  lost the final         of the LVC 1987
Yacht / Country : Kiwi Magic /NZL Sail Number :      12 KZ-7 Syndicate :          New Zealand’s Challenge Trust CEO :                  Sir Michael Fay Yacht Club:          Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Designer :           Laurie Davidson, Bruce Farr,  Ron Holland Boat Builder :      Marten Marine & McMuller & Wing Skipper:              Chris Dickson
1987
Kiwi Magic” was together with her sisters yachts KZ-3 and KZ-5 one of the first 12m with a GRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic) hull. Useless to say that the competitors questioned the strength of the Yacht compared with their aluminium alloy boats. But the syndicate had checked in advance her rating with Loyd’s , the official measurer at that time. But Conner did not give up and tried all time to throw out Kiwi Magic as a non-legal construction from the competition. This might explain a certain frustration of Sir Michael Fay, who tried to get Dennis Conner on the wrong leg when he announced his challenge with his “Big Boat” insisting already for 1988.   With the tough skipper Chris Dickson on the helm she lost out of 38 races only one - the final of the LVC against Dennis Conner’s US-55.
With the tough skipper Chris Dickson on the helm she lost out of 38 races only one -
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