Her wide beam provided additional stability - although she had a high ballast ratio the weight wasn't carried deep in the hull so its effect was minimised. Because of her wide beam the boat had to accept some trade-off in light airs in terms of wetted surface, but in a breeze the boat was almost unbeatable.
|One Ton Cup 1974 (Sea Spray)|
But Terrorist also appeared competitive even in light winds against the types of boats predominant at the 1974 event and she won the first race of the One Ton Cup by nearly five minutes. Yachting journalist Jack Knights reported that fellow American crews were surprised that she had been able to win in light air - everybody else was amazed that the boat could win at any time. However, a broken mast in the short ocean race, which ruled her out of the following race as well, prevented any chance of an overall win. This let the Peterson design Gumboots through to take the Cup that year.
The long term future of Terrorist was seriously affected by the introduction of a 'moveable appendage factor' (MAF) to the IOR later in 1974, which raised her rating out of the One Ton rating limit of 27.5ft. Because she had been penalised out of the One Ton class, the owner, Al Cassell, decided to remove the hastily repaired old mast and to increase the height of her rig by about 2 feet to improve her light air performance. This change combined with the MAF penalty to boost Terrorist's rating to about 29.5ft.
|Terrorist on a tight reach (Carter Cassel Collection)|
|Terrorist as she was found a few years ago (photo Craig/CRM)|
|Undergoing hull fairing 2012 (photo Paul Tullos)|
Above and below - hull and decks all painted - February 2013 (photos Paul Tullos)
Update 16 August 2013: The new carbon mast (by GMT Composites) was recently fitted and Terrorist is now back in the water: