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KZ1 outside the Maritime Museum in Auckland
|Yacht club||Mercury Bay Boating Club|
|Owner(s)||Sir Michael Fay|
|Length||36.57 m (120.0 ft) (LOA)
27.43 m (90.0 ft) (LWL)
|Beam||8.07 m (26.5 ft)|
|Draft||6.40 m (21.0 ft)|
|Sail area||627 m2 (6,750 sq ft) (upwind)
1,600 m2 (17,000 sq ft) (downwind)
She was skippered by David Barnes and manned by a crew of 40 from the Mercury Bay Boating Club in Whitianga, New Zealand. KZ 1 was given the nicknames of the Big Boat or Big Beauty by financial backer, Sir Michael Fay. Her size and wide decks earned her the nickname The Aircraft Carrier.
The unconventional challenge of Michael Fay and KZ 1 prompted American syndicate head Dennis Conner to respond with an unconventional defense. Lacking time and looking to protect the planned international event in 1992, the defenders built Stars & Stripes (US 1), a catamaran that Conner sailed to win the challenge, though most of the battle was fought in court. KZ 1 is now on display near the National Maritime Museum in downtown Auckland.
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