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Stars & Stripes / H 3: U.S. - 1 winner of the America's Cup 1988   Under the wings of the San Diego Yacht Club as official defender Dennis Conner managed
Yacht / Country :  Stars & Stripes H 3 / USA Sail Number :       US - 1 Syndicate :           Sail America Foundation ;                             America’s Cup Defender Yacht Club:           San Diego Yacht Club Designer :            Sail America Design Team  Boat Builder :  Skipper:               Dennis Conner 1988
Under the wings of the San Diego Yacht Club as official defender Dennis Conner managed the construction of a smaller test cat and 2 racing boats. One had conventional soft sails and was called S1. The other one with a wing sail was called H 3 and won the races on the water 2 : 0. The overall-length of US-1 was about 1/2 of the KZ-1. The unique, rigid wing sail has been eveloped by technicians coming from the NASA and the aircraft industry. The area after the rot-able mast was covered with clear folios. The flap had a surface of slight- grey ones. The AC 1988 is also called the “mismatch”
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In 1988, a New Zealand syndicate challenged the San Diego Yacht Club to an A/C race using 'KZ1', a huge, fast, unorthodox,132' boat with a 40 man crew. Surprised, and not having time to design or build such a boat, Conner answered the challenge by building a cutting edge catamaran with a wing sail. The high-tech sail is pictured here, on our trailer, at the Rutan Scaled Composites factory in Mojave, CA. The 'STARS & STRIPES' cat went on to win the farcical race by a big margin, and also prevailed in the final of three associated law suits.
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