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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)
KZ 1 was given the nicknames of the Big Boat or Big Beauty by financial backer, Sir Michael Fay.
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.
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