Following his defeat, Dennis Conner
is dropped by the New York Yacht Club, but mounts his
own challenge under his home San Diego Yacht Club,
called the Sail America Foundation For International
It proves to be the most
professional, consumate program the America's Cup has
ever seen. Five boats are involved, the 'old' Spirit of
America (1982) partially rebuilt and re-named Stars &
Stripes '83, Liberty (1983) as yardstick and three new
12-metres. The first one is Stars & Stripes '85,
followed by a new faster radical hull. Stars &
Stripes'86, built to take advantage of heavy seas and
the strong winds expected in Fremantle. All the research
and tests go into the final boat, Stars & Stripes '87.
The three new Stars & Stripes
are shipped to Fremantle. The match between the three
boats is even, but finally Stars & Stripes '87 is chosen
to race the 1986-87 Louis Vuitton Cup.
The Vuitton Cup starts off
Fremantle on October 5, 1986. There are 13
challenger candidates: American Eagle, Heart of America,
America II, USA, Courageous IV, Stars & Stripes, Canada
II, Azzurrra IV, Italia, White Crusader, Challenge
France, French Kiss and New Zealand.
The Louis Vuitton Cup
semi-finals are sailed from December 28, 1986 to January
2, 1987, with New Zealand and French Kiss on one side,
and USA against Stars & Stripes on the other. Stars &
Stripes beats USA in four close matches. The Louis
Vuitton Cup final is sailed from January 13 to 19
between New Zealand and Stars & Stripes. Stars & Stripes
'87 beats New Zealand by four wins to one. By winning
the Louis Vuitton Cup, Dennis Conner is selected with
his 12-metre as the official challenger of the 26th
31 January to 4 February, 1987,
off Fremantle, Western Australia , Stars & Stripes races
against Kookaburra III in the best of seven race series.
The course is a 24.1 nautical mile triangular course
with windward-leeward loops. Stars & Stripes beats
Kookaburra III by four wins to nil:
- January 31, first race. Course
direction: 225° on leg one. Wind speed: 8 to 18 knots.
Wave height: 0.1 to 0.5 m. Stars & Stripes beats
Kookaburra III by one minute and 41 seconds.
- February 1, second race.
Course direction: 195° on leg one. Wind speed: 22 to 23
knots. Wave height: 1.0 to 1.2 m. Stars & Stripes beats
Kookaburra III by one minute and 10 seconds.
- February 2, third race. Course
direction: 210° on leg one. Wind speed: 12 to 18 knots.
Wave height: 0.1 to 0.3 m. Stars & Stripes beats
Kookaburra III by one minute and 46 seconds.
- February 4, fourth race.
Course direction: 220° on leg one. Changed to 210° on
leg three. Wind speed: 16 to 20 knots. Wave height: 0.3
to 1.6 m. Stars & Stripes beats Kookaburra III by one
minute and 59 seconds.
Today, Stars & Stripes'87 US 55
is still sailing at St. Marteen. She is in almost
her original configuration and sails for charter.
This Stars and Stripes model features:
Wooden and metal parts
32" long x 54" tall x 7" wide