Australian millionaire John Livingstone has been putting his newly-designed racing yacht, the Kurrewa 6, through trials during this week's ???
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Background: Australian millionaire John Livingstone has been putting his newly-designed racing yacht, the Kurrewa 6, through trials during this week's ??? regatta at Cowes, England this week. He hasn't entered it in any events, but is giving ??? a chance to speculate on its chances in the 1977 America's Cup competition -- the race it has been designed for.
It's only half the size of the eventual 12 metre boat that will challenge for the America's Cup. It can be sailed by a ??? and a four man crew. Mr. Livingstone has ten years of research behind him and is hopeful he has finally found a way to break the United States' hold on the America's Cup. The U.S. hasn't lost since the first challenge in 1951.
To develop the Kurrewa-6, Mr. Livingstone has commuted regularly from his Australian farm to his Cowes' flat to supervise construction and tank testing.
He says the yacht is already faster than previous 12 metre designs and has only 80 per cent of the sail area. An unusual feature of the hull are the two mysterious streamlined bulges on each side. Neither Mr. Livingstone or the designer, ??? Howlett, will say what they're for.
It's the third attempt by Mr. Livingstone to produce an America's Cup team. He started in 1965 with the development of the Kurrewa-5. However, in that year Britain's Sovereign carried the challenge.
But it's still tough sailing ahead for Mr. Livingstone, and his new yacht. The efficiency of the new design will have to be proved in competition. Already challenges have been filed by the Royal Gothenberg Yacht Club of Sweden.