4598 “Design and Construction of the America’s Cup Yacht ‘Challenge Australia’ “



“Design and Construction of the America’s Cup Yacht “Challenge Australia”, by Peter van Oossanen, Published in the Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on “Yacht Design and Yacht Construction”, Amsterdam, 12-13 November 1992, pp. 12-49 (ID No. 4598).

This paper describes the design and construction of “Challenge Australia” the ill-fated Australian challenger for the America’s Cup in 1992. The paper in particular presents the results of investigations into the optimum combination of length, beam, displacement and sail area and explains the benefit of the adopted rotating keel concept. Explanations are given for the disappointing performance of the yacht in San Diego.