France II (project)

International Third Rule - America's Cup for 12 Metre yachts

Project designed in 1973 according to the International Third Rule America’s Cup.

HISTORY:

Project designed in 1973 according to the International Third Rule America’s Cup.

1973 L’Association Francaise pour La Coupe de l’America.

This France II (project) is not to be confused with the France II (F-2) actually built and completed for A.F.C.A. in 1977. This yacht was to be an aluminum yacht but construction was stopped during setting-up her frames. Subsequently the framing was destroyed. The project was a radical one with a bulb realized by Paul Elvstrom, asked since 1971 by Baron Bich to form a new crew, and the Danish designer Jan Kjaerulff. The project was suddenly interrupted when Baron Bich had to face the objections coming from French opinion leaders who did not accepted to have a French challenger designed by a non-French citizen.

SPECS:

Sail Number not issued
International Rule THIRD Rule-AC
Year Built 1973
Designer Paul Elvstrom & Jan Kjaerulff
Builder Herman Egger, Chantier AFCA
First Owner L'Ass. France pour La Coupe de l'America
First Country France
Original Homeport Hyeres
Construction Aluminum alloy
Length Overall 19.27 m.
Length Waterline 13.94 m.
Beam 3.83 m.
Draft 2.74 m.
Sail Area 166 sq. m.
Displacement 26.05 t.