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Year1986 August
Current Sail NumberF 8
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusgood sailing
Current LocationSt. Tropez
Current CountryFR
DesignerDaniel Andrieu
BuilderAlsthom Chantier Atlantique
Length Overall19.68 m.
Waterline13.58 m.
Beam3.73 m.
Draught2.67 m.
Displacement24 t.
Sail Area164 sq.m.
Original OwnerChallenge Fr. pour la Coupe de l'America
Original CountryFR
Original HomeportMarseilles
Original Sail NumberF 8
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1986 - 1987 Challenge Francaise pour la Coupe de l'America - name: CHALLENGE FRANCE - home port: Marseilles Built for the 24th 1987 America's Cup in Fremntle on behalf of Societe Nautique de Marseilles (Marc Pajot) who had purchased Challenge 12 as trial-horse and reference for the design. Andrieu deveolped his design using the Paris test tank where he tested several models against one of Chellenge 12 with a simulation of the Fremantle swell; he was also assisted by computer simulation from the aeronautical industry computer centers. The financial difficulties were the most important factor and Challenge France was shipped to Australia at the very last minute. She was never able to develop her potential and dropped out of the series during the Round Robins when her mast broke.

1994 - 2005 Codara S.A. (Albert Khodara) - home port: St. Tropez since

2005 Frederic Franc Marantier - home port: Nantes (France)

2009 designer Guy Ribadeau-Dumas is working on a new keel, hull shape and a new rigging. A lighter engine will be installed.

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