Back to all yachts


Year1985 December
Current Sail NumberKZ 3
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusvery good, sailing
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerLaurie Davidson, Bruce Farr, Ron Holland
BuilderMcMullen & Wing
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 Challenge (1992) - Kiwi (2000) - Wright on White (2005)
Original CountryNZ
Original HomeportAuckland
Original Sail NumberKZ 3
Other Sail NumbersJ 3
Owner Details & History

Built according to 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 Zealander 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 fibreglass 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 exaustives tests are conducted in wind tunnel facilities. New Zealand KZ 3 is one of the two "Plastic fantastics"; she is the first fibreglass Twelve ever built; trial horses for KZ7 in view of the Challenger Trials.

< 1992 - 1998 Nippon Yacht Club - new name: Nippon Challenge - home port: Tokyo (Japan) - new sail number: J 3.

1998 - 2005 Michael G. Smith - new name: Kiwi - home port: Melbourne - sail number: back to the original KZ 3.

2005 - 2009 Roger Wright - new name: Wright on White - Brazilian flag - home port: Newport. In 2006 she was optimized and rebuilt for the 2007 Worlds with new keel, trim tab,, rudder, mast, winch package, electronics and extensive inventory of new sails by North. In 2007 Worlds, she was leading after three races, before the event was cancelled. On May 22, 2009 he dies in an aircraft accident with the whole family (eight people), in Brazil.

For sale (2010) at $ 750.000. 2010 - 2013 Roger White heirs. - Brazilian flag - home port: Newport.

Since 2013 Gunther K. Buerman - new name: New Zealand KZ 3 - home port: Newport, RI (USA)

World Championships Results: 1986 in Perth: tenth 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): tenth 2005 in Newport: second 2009 in Newport: second

Jump to Twelve Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station Fleet page for New Zealand

All rights reserved. No part of this Register may be reproduced in any form by any graphic, electronic or mechanical means, including photocopies, nor can any registration of information within be recorded, without the written authorization of the authors Wm. H. Dyer Jones and Luigi Lang.