Designer: Ben Lexcen | Steve E. Ward & Co.
Year Built: 1982
Length Overall: 19.25m | Waterline: 13.43m
Beam: 3.65m | Draft 2.66m | Displacement: 23.8 tons | Sail Area: 167sq. m
Construction: aluminum alloy
First Owner: Alan Bond
Built according to the Third International Rule, as challenger for the 1983 America’s Cup, her design was a point of departure with traditional lines but having a narrower beam and small bulge below waterline. In 1983 she was sold to the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (AU), and sent to Newport for the challenger trails. In 1985 Club Nautico Marina di Carrara Consorzio Futurea purchased her intending to use her as Italian challenger for the 1987 America’s Cup, due to financial constraints this did not come to pass. In 1995 she served as the trail horse for Challenge France.
She underwent a 3-year refit and was on the race course again in 1999 at the St. Tropez Rolex Cup.
Challenge XII was purchased by Jack LeFort, who provided a major refit. She returned to the Newport (RI) race course in July.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang