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LAURA

Year1986 January
Current Sail NumberKZ 5
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusvery good, sailing
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerLaurie Davidson, Bruce Farr, Ron Holland
BuilderMarten Marine
Length Overall19.99 m.
Waterline14.02 m.
Beam4.02 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Original OwnerNZ America's Cup Challenge Trust
Original NameNEW ZEALAND
Other NamesNippon (1992) - Cannonball (1993) - Fury (1995) - Hissar (2002)
Original CountryNZ
Original HomeportAuckland
Original Sail NumberKZ 5
Other Sail NumbersJ 5, US 62
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1986 - 1987 NZ America's Cup Challenge Trust - name: New Zealand - home port: Auckland (New Zealand). The budget for the New Zealand challenge is of $ 15.000.000 and the Syndicate is chaired by Sir Michael Fay, a wealthy merchant banker. He decides to put together the three leading New Zealand designers to realize the first of a long lasting challenge for the Cup. First, two models are realized of Victory '83 and Australia II (it is said that the lines of Australia II were acquired by the New Zealanders). Tests are run at Wolfson Institute at the Southampton University and five other models are realized and there tank test data are verified with computer analysis; the fifth model will be chosen as a good heavy weather performer on which the first two Twelves will be realized: KZ 3 and KZ 5. Both are identical and, after long consultations with the Lloyds, they are built. This is the first time in the International Rule history, in fibre glass composite (hence the nickname of "plastic fantastics"); the advantage is to have much more stiff boats, estimated by Laurie Davidson in the order of 20 times than aluminum with no flexing in the hull and especially in the mast region where the shrouds are attached. From the results of the two Twelves, KZ 7 takes shape after much more testing and other models; special attention is devoted to the keel design for which exhaustive tests are conducted in wind tunnel facilities. New Zealand KZ 5 is the second of the two "Plastic fantastics" trial horses for KZ 7 in view of the Challenger Trials.

1992 - 1993 Nippon Yacht Club - new name: Nippon - home port: Tokyo (Japan). New sail number: J 5.

1993 - 1995 Charles A. Robertson - new name: Cannonball - home port: Old Saybrook, CT (USA). New sail number: US 62. In 1994, she is altered at Pilot's Point (Westbrook, CT).

1995 - 2001 Paul Campbell, Jr. - new name: Fury - home port: Boston, MA and New York, NY (USA).

2002 - 2011 Edgar Cato - new name: HISSAR - home port: Charlotte, NC (USA). For sale with her price reduced in 2011 from $650.000 to $285.000

2012 Kiwi Magic LLC (Francis (Kip) Curran, new owner at the death of E. Cato - new name: LAURA - home port: Newport, RI (USA) North American Twelve Championships 2003 in Newport, RI (USA) winner 2004 in Newport, RI (USA) winner 2005 in Newport, RI (USA) winner 2006 in Newport, RI (USA) winner 2008 in Newport, RI (USA) winner

2018 Donated to USMMA Sailing Foundation

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