As recounted in my last post ‘THE INTERSECTION,” Dad went back to the patent drawing board in 1998 (at the young age of 80). He was intrigued by various developments in the America’s Cup race, and as a new member of the New York Yacht Club, he set out to prove his bona fides both as a sailor and as an inventor. Accompanied by his usual gusto for going with what he knew. Natch.
By 1998, there had already been four America’s Cup races since the New York Yacht Club lost it in 1983. A new challenge was pending in 2000 and Dad wanted in.
The race in 1983 had been won by the yacht Australia II due to its specialized keel design. In fact, when the boat was first brought over from down under, the keel was physically shrouded so that no one could see it!
What was the big secret?