Australia II 1983

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 Australia II ( 1983 ), America's Cup Challenger, designed by  Ben Lexcen.

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$295.00

Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull , painted white with green and yellow cove stripe.

Hull size: 60cm.

Board size: 75cm X 20cm

Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)
Size75cm X 20 cm
Year1983

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Australia II 1983

Australia II 1983

The Concordia yawl was designed in 1938 by naval architect C. Raymond Hunt with input from Llewellyn and Waldo Howland, Clinton Crane, Fenwick Williams and Frank Paine.

Earlier that year Llewellyn Howland's family's Colin Archer designed Norwegian pilot cutter, Escape, was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1938. Llewellyn commissioned the Concordia Company, which he had founded in 1926 and at the time run by his son Waldo, to design and build a replacement. Llewellyn wanted a sailboat that could be used for both cruising and racing and withstand the heavy wind and choppy waters of Buzzards Bay.

What was created was Concordia design number fourteen, a 39'10" yawl that would become one of the most successful yawls in history. There were 103 Concordias produced between 1938 and 1966, making the Concordia yawl class the largest class of large one-design wooden sailboats.The first four Concordias were produced in Massachusetts. Concordia commissioned the Abeking and Rasmussen shipyard in Lemwerder, Germany to build the last 99.

All 103 Concordias are still in existents today.

When he built the model of the schooner America in 1850, George Steers had no idea that he was entering the legend of the America’s Cup. When he designed the 12-Meter Australia in 1983, Ben Lexcen became a living legend in the history of yachting. From this point on, after Ben Lexcen, come what may, nothing will be the same again.

Ben Lexcen, the man who won the America’s Cup had upturned the approach to Twelve design, whilst many were they who thought the class outdated and obsolete, and this is where the genius of Ben Lexcen is the most fascinating, he dared. He dared to combine a conventional approach, tank testing, with an entirely avant-garde approach, computerized simulation and control, whilst leaving room for his intuition. He dared to re-designed a part  of a boat which everyone considered as complete as possible; the keel.

Finally, he dared to race Australia II. Audacity is still the trademark of Ben Lexcen, the man who won the Cup !

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