12 metres round Cape Horn

Kookaburra and Kiwi do 20 knots en route to Cowes

Thursday July 19th 2001, Author: Michael Smith, Location: United Kingdom

On Friday night at 7.30pm local time 1987 America's Cup Veterans Kookaburra and Kiwi rounded Cape Horn (the first 12s to do so?), less than a boat length apart, doing 20 knots in calm seas with no discernible breeze.

The 12s are considered by many to be the most highly-developed class of yachts, thanks to years of fierce America's Cup competition. The result is a class of yachts very evenly matched, where speed differences are measured in tenths of a knot, and race results often a matter of seconds difference.

Since departing Melbourne on 18 June, the two yachts have remained locked together in their journey to get to Cowes to celebrate 150 years of America's Cup history by entering the Jubilee regatta.

We of course thank the Captain and crew of the P&O ship Resolution Bay and the generous support of P&O in shipping both of our yachts to the UK to take part in this historic event.

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