Making a Killing

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We look at the latest International 14 offering from Canada
Despite its name, the Killing 3 is not the much anticipated next instalment of the Danish crime series featuring woolly jumper clad Inspector Sarah Lund, but the latest state-of-the-art International 14 from Canadian designer Steve Killing. Readers will be familiar with Killing as he has previously designed the Little America’s Cup-winning C-Class catamarans for Fred Eaton, himself a past 14 sailor. Killing is now absorbed, working for Emirates Team New Zealand on the design of their AC72s. As its name implies, the latest boat is Steve Killing’s third stab at a 14, having penned the Killing 1 in the 1980s and then the Killing 2 for Fred Eaton, which was never built. The latest version is being marketed by Toronto-based Jason Lemieux and Chris Leigh of Wire 2 Wire. “The Killing 2 was more to prove a point that there are some loopholes in the rule,” explains Lemieux.”It was ultra narrow at a time when the fleet was putting big bumps on the side of boats to try and get around the width rule.” Previously over 2005-2010, Lemieux and Leigh marketed Bieker 5s built by Object 2 Skiffworks (the Toronto-based carbon fibre gurus, who also built Fred Eaton’s C-Class cats and Bora Gulari’s Moth wings). However despite putting 25 B5s on the water, Lemieux explains they were effectively one-off boats. While they could be moulded up in a fortnight, each boat then required more than three months to complete... “They were all high-end, custom one-off boats and the tooling that we had required a lot of manual finishing. So one of our big objectives with the Killing 3 was to produce more of a turnkey production boat, now that we know where we want everything, following our Bieker 5 experience.” With the International 14 Worlds coming to Canada in 2013, another objective of