Australian C-Class challenger

But too late to challenge for the Little America's Cup

Sunday March 9th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
The Australian Catamaran Challenge syndicate has issued a challenge for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (also known as the Little America's Cup) but this has been rejected by the trustees in favor of a factory backed event.

"We were bitterly disappointed," says syndicate coordinator Ian Jenkins, "The Little America's Cup was always about the building most efficient and technologically advanced boats, to sail in one-design boats really misses the point. The C Class Catamaran has represented the pinnacle of sailing technology for the past 40 years featuring revolutionary wing sails."

"Our boat is nearing completion in Fremantle, Western Australia and we will be ready to race next year," says Ian.

Steve Clark and the Cogito team, the previous winners of the Little America's Cup, have recently met with Ian Jenkins and have accepted a challenge from the Australian syndicate. It is anticipated that the new event will be held in Rhode Island in September 2004. More details of the new event will be released as soon as arrangements can be made.

See our original article on this subject here, plus our reader's feedback on the subject and part 1 and part 2 of Christian Fevrier and the BlueGreen Photo Agency's photo gallery showing the history of the class.

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