Intrepid beat Columbia in the final selection trials Thursday (August 24), and will represent the United States in the final America's Cup 12-meter yacht races.
Intrepid beat Columbia in the final selection trials Thursday (August 24), and will represent the United States in the final America's Cup 12-meter yacht races. Intrepid will face Dame Pattie of Australia in a four-of seven series for world yachting's most important prize beginning September 12.
The choice of Intrepid was a foregone conclusion. In three sets of trials involving 21 races Intrepid had been beaten only once, then through a navigation error in rounding a wrong buoy while ahead.
In the final race against Columbia Thursday, Intrepid proved to be a powerful yacht to windward, and steady, but not spectacular off the wind. The wind ranged from 8 to 15 knots during the race. The margins between the two yachts was 3 minutes and 51 seconds, or about a half-mile in distance. Intrepid's windward prowess during the three 4.5-mile weather legs spelled the difference.
For Bus Mosbacher, the Intrepid's captain, the victory brought a special honor. He becomes a cup skipper for the second time. In 1962, he had steered the Weatherly to a successful defense against the Gretel of Australia.
The Intrepid was built just this year for the 20th defense of the America's Cup. the designer was Olin Stephens, who has now designed a cup defender four times.