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FRANCE III

Year1979 May
Current Sail NumberF 3
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statussailing good
Current LocationBrest
Current CountryFR
DesignerJohan W. Vallentijin & Zonen FA
BuilderChantiers Dufour
Length Overall19.91 m.
Waterline14.22 m.
Beam3.71 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Displacement26.2 t.
Sail Area171 sq.m.
Construction
Original OwnerL'Ass. Fr. pour La Coupe de l'America
Original NameFRANCE III
Original CountryFR
Original HomeportHyeres
Original Sail NumberF 3
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1979 - 1980 L'Association Francaise pour La Coupe de l'America (AFCA) (Marcel Bich) - name: FRANCE III - homeport: Hyeres France III is inspired by the Australia design on which Valentijn had assisted Ben Lexcen. The original design with a double trimtab is modified in Newport this system being not easy to run. In the 1980 America's Cup Challenger Trials, she wins on Lionheart by four to three being the only Twelve having won a race for Baron Bich. She is then eliminated by Australia four to one. Although having reached his best result in the AC, Baron Bich decided that this would have been his last challenge and donated to Bruno Troublé the hole activity in the America's Cup campaign.

1980 - 1983 Yves Rousset-Rouard & Dfi Francaise pour la Coupe de l'America (DFCA) She is altered by Jacques Fauroux in 1981 in view of the 1983 25th America's Cup. The challenge is on behalf of Yacht Club de France and the skipper is Bruno Trouble. Having no new capital to invest, there were no chances for her and  she is last but one since.

1986 Ecole Navale de la Marine Francaise - home port: Brest (France).


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