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Year1982 Novembe
Current Sail NumberKA 10
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusrefit completed
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerBen Lexcen
BuilderSteve E. Ward & Co.
Length Overall19.25 m.
Waterline13.43 m.
Beam3.65 m.
Draught2.66 m.
Displacement23.8 t.
Sail Area167 sq.m.
Original OwnerAlan Bond
Original NameCHALLENGE 12
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportPerth
Original Sail NumberKA 10
Other Sail NumbersF 5
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1982 Alan Bond - name: CHALLENGE 12 - home port: Perth (Australia) She represents the first result of Ben Lexcen cooperation with Peter Van Oosanen of the Netherlands Ship Model Basin of Wageningen. Commissioned by Alan Bond as a challenger for the 1983 America's Cup, Challenge 12 was the first attempt towards a new design and represents a point of reference for Australia II. Athough traditional in her lines, she is out of the ordinary for midship sections narrower than usual, a small bulge below the waterline articially reducing it and an overall length and displacement inferiors than usual. She was very fast in light airs and competed successfully against Australia II.

1983 Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (Richard Pratt) - home port: Melbourne Just two months after her launch, Challenge 12 was sold to a new owner and she participated in the Challengers Trials in Newport for the 1983 America's Cup

1985 Fabio Perini - home port: Marina di Carrara - she is bought on behalf of Club Nautico Marina di Carrara - Consorzio Futura for one of the Italian challenges for the 1987 America's Cup. Due to financial problems the challenge did not take place

1996 - 1995 Challenge Francaise pour la Coupe de l'America - home port: S'te She was the trial-horse for Challenge France. Due to financial problems she was seized in the port of S'te.

1996 - 2002 Chantier Naval Tr'hard - home port: Antibes - she underwent  a three year refit and she was back on the race course in 1999 when she entered the St. Tropez Rolex Cup.

2003 - 2013 Editions Larivire - home port: Antibes (France). She is sold to her new owner for Euro 230,000. Since her acquisition, skipper William Borel, actively races her in the main regattas of the Med circuit. In 2005, she was transferred in Newport to compete in the 2007 World Championships. In 2007 she was completely dismantled, restored and upgraded with a new single extrusion mast and carbon winches; a new set of sails from North in 2009. Stored inside for the past years. In September 2012, the selling price was reduced to $ 350.000.

2013 Eli Massar and Emily Pollack - home port: Newport (USA)

2017 Jack LaFort - home port: Newport (USA)

World Championships results: 1986 in Perth fifth 1999 in St. Tropez: sixth 2005 in Newport: second in the Modern category 2009 in Newport: fifth in the Modern division

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