She was built according to the Third International Rule and was lengthened by 20cm in 1975. Her other famous names include ‘War Baby'(1975) and ‘Golden Eagle'(1968).
Built for the 1964 America’s Cup campaign, her keel was quite innovative compared with conventional Twelve lines and her mast passed through a raised section in the deck, gaining an extra few inches in height. She ran off a 20-1 record in the June-July trials, only to be overtaken by Constellation in the selection series. Still renowned for a 42-tack duel on the final windward leg of the second race.
Robert E. “Ted” Turner, III converted her to IOR, and installed an engine. She entered the most challenging races in the world winning the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, the Annapolis-Newport Race and the Fastnet. She ruled the offshore waters, winning the first World Ocean Racing Championship and setting records in the distinguished S.O.R.C. , Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart Races. Ted Turner won the coveted “Yachtsman of the Year” award twice while owner/skipper of American Eagle. (12-Metre Yacht Charters)