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Year1974 January
Current Sail NumberKA 4
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statussailing
Current LocationNorthern Queensland
Current CountryAU
DesignerMiller & Whitworth
BuilderHalvorsen, Morson & Gowland
Length Overall20.45 m.
Waterline14.20 m.
Beam3.71 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Displacement27.55 t.
Sail Area168 sq.m.
Original OwnerDalhold Investments Pty. Ltd.
Original CountryAU
Original HomeportYanchep
Original Sail NumberKA 4
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1974 - 1975 Dalhold Investments Pty. Ltd. - name: Southern Cross - home port: Yanchep (Australia). This is the first Twelve designed by Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen), already known for some successful offshore racing yachts. Southern Cross has a greater waterline than usual and is the first Twelve with a bow bustle that is a marked full forebody allowing to absorb forward the rule displacement with the advantage to reduce resistance aft; the keel design is in line with the ones of Miller's most known offshore designs as Apollo or Ginko and suffers of the same problems with poor stability windward. Southern Cross, skippered by Jim Hardy, was the challenger for the 22nd America's Cup Match after having defeated by a score of 4-0 Baron Bich France I. She lost to Courageous, skippered by Ted Hood by a score of 4-0. In the following years, Hood discovered that Courageous raced underweight by 1700 lbs.

1975 - 1977 The Southern Cross America's Cup Challenge Association, Ltd - home port: Yanchep and Fremantle, WA

1977, trial horse for Australia.

1978 - 1980 Bond Corporation Pty. Ltd - home port: Perth and Yanchep (Australia).

Since 1993 Charter vessel in North Queensland.

America's Cup: 1974 22nd America's Cup Challenge: Southern Cross (skipper Jim Hardy) - Courageous (skipper Bob Bavier and Ted Hood): 0-4

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