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Year1985 October
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusperfect conditions
Current LocationMarina di Carrara
Current CountryIT
DesignerP. Briand, P. Perrier, D. Chaumette
Length Overall19.20 m.
Beam3.60 m.
Displacement24.05 t.
Sail Area160 sq.m.
Original OwnerChallenge Kis France/Clippers & Associations
Original NameFRENCH KISS
Original CountryFR
Original HomeportLa Rochelle
Original Sail NumberF 7
Owner Details & History

Built according to International Third Rule America's Cup

1985 - 1987 Challenge Kis France/Clipper's & Associations - name: French Kiss - homeport: La Rochelle. French Kiss is the only Twelve, out of two designed, built for the 1987 America's Cup. The budget is in the region of US $ 9.000.000 entirely covered by the photographic Kis Company. The leading men of the project are Philippe Briand for the design and Marc Pajot as manager and skipper. The computer research of the project is done by Dassault under the direction of Philippe Perrier and Daniel Chamette with no tests in tanks or wind tunnels but only flow and pressure simulations. French Kiss is both original and highly efficient in winds over 15 knots; she is the big surprise in the Challenger (skipper: Marc Pajot) Trials for her speed, the only weak point being her reliability. She is fifth in The 1986 World Championship and she enters in the challengers semi-finals where she is beaten by New Zealand.

1987 - 1994 STCA - home port: Saint Tropez (France).

1995 - 1999 Codara S.A. (Albert Khodara) - home port: Marseille (France). She is again tuned up at the top with new sails and an updating of the original equipment; she wins several races of the Mediterranean circuit: the 1996 Coppa d'Europa and Saint Tropez Rolex Cup; in 1997 she is second in Coppa d'Europa but she wins again the Rolex Cup; she is third in the 1999 World Championship and wins the 2000 Saint Tropez Cup.

2000 - 2006 Corrado Fratini - home port: Marina di Carrara (Italy) - she enters in a few races up to 2002 and then she remains sheltered for the remaining four years.

2006 - 2007 Associazione Idea Argo - bought in 2006, September 20. The new owner is an association for disables whose president is Antonio Spinelli. French Kiss has raced again in Saint Tropez 2006, winning the 12 Metre class, The aim is to use French Kiss for training in view to enter in the America's Cup with a crew of disables. This ambitious program was stopped at the end of the year.

2007 Markus Daniel - home port: Marina di Carrara (Italy) - mast and boom changed in 2009.

World Championships Results: 1986 in Perth: seventh 1999 in St.-Tropez: third

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