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KOOKABURRA I

Year1985 February
Current Sail NumberKA 11
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusgood, sailing
Current LocationMelbourne
Current CountryAU
DesignerIain Murray & John Swarbrick
BuilderParry Boat Builder
Length Overall20.22 m.
Waterline13.41 m.
Beam3.80 m.
Draught2.64 m.
Displacement23.3 t.
Sail Area168 sq.m.
Construction
Original OwnerTaskforce ?87 America(s Cup Defence LtD.
Original NameKOOKABURRA I
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportPerth
Original Sail NumberKA 11
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup.

1985 Taskforce '87 America's Cup Defence LtD. (Kedvin Parry) - name: Kookaburra I - home port: Perth, WA (Australia). This is the first out of three (plus one project) Kookaburras built by Taskforce ?87 managed by Iain Murray. No lack of money can be complained: Murray can organize his own sail loft, yard, workshop and a large shed where the yachts can be hauled out. One distinctive point is the computer performance monitoring gear housed below decks in watertight plexiglass cases aboard each of the three boats. The computers monitor and record a host of critical performance functions and they are interfaced by a similar gear aboard of the tender and the mainframe located in the Taskforce '87 headquarters. Kookaburras projects are inspired by Australia II with quite innovative ideas coming from Murray and Swarbrick; Alan Payne was called to cooperate on the winglet keel shapes. The three yachts are distinguished for their elegance, long overhangs and more freeboard than the traditional boats. Kookaburra I did not participate to the Defenders Trials.

1993 - 1994 Kookaburra Challenge Pty, Ltd. - homeport: Newport (Australia).

1996 - ? Michael Smith - home port: Melbourne (Australia). She is currently used for sailing and charter. She also appeared as the feature yacht in the movie "Wind".

1996 Kookaburra Syndicate whose seven members are: Scott Lamb, Doug Shields, Michael Smith, Simon Vickers-Willis, Ray Richards, Greg Snowball and Michael Munckton - homeport: Royal Yacht Club Victoria, Melbourne (Australia) - she is actively raced.

World Championships results: 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): Grand Prix division: ninth


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