A scale model of the Anglo-Australian challenger for the 1977 America's Cup competition was shown to the yachting public for the first time at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday (3 August).
SV PULL BACK Anglo-Australian America's Cup challenger, Kurrewa 6, enters harbour
CU Australian John Livingstone
LV Mrs. Dorothy Livingstone names Kurrewa 6 PAN TO Onlookers clapping
SCU Mr. & Mrs. Livingstone
SV Kurrewa 6 lowered into water
SV Sail drying
SV ZOOM OUT American yacht Robin (left) ties up alongside American yacht Tenacious (right)
German yachts with crews on deck (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Crew TO American yacht Charisma
CU ZOOM BACK TO yachts in harbour
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Background: A scale model of the Anglo-Australian challenger for the 1977 America's Cup competition was shown to the yachting public for the first time at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday (3 August).
The half size twelve metre boat, named Kurrewa Six, was towed from the mainland under the critical eyes of thousands of yachtsmen gathered for the international Cowes Week Regatta.
This remarkable half-size racing craft has a glass fibre hull and can be sailed by a helmsman and four crew. Work on the full size challenger for the 1977 series won't begin until next year.
Australian millionaire farmer, 75-year-old John Livingstone, is behind the 1977 Challenge being made by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club of Cowes.
The boat was shown to the public only hours after the first event of the 1975 Admirals Cup Yachting Competition, the Channel Race, finished, with the United States and West German already locked in a close competition for the lead.
The American yachts, Charisma, Robin and Tenacious, ended the race with a total of 292 points -- six points ahead of the West German trio of Dura, Rubin and Pinta. Close behind in third position were the three Australian yachts, Bumblebee Three, Mercedes Four and Love and War.
Competitors reporter mixed fortunes in the race which started in light airs and made reasonable progress in the middle stage. They experienced a variety of difficulties in finding the Cherbourg buoy and then finished against an ebbing tide and in light airs off the Isle of Wight.