These new generation One Tonners were a significant development of Farr's earlier keelboats from 1975/76 - after the rulemakers failed to close the centreboard loophole exposed to great effect by the Britton Chance design Resolute Salmon in 1976, a centreboard was used for the new boats, although the fins on the Farr yachts weighed about 360kg, despite the fact that this was discouraged by the IOR. The need for a large amount of internal ballast meant that a higher displacement was necessary to achieve a higher ballast ratio, but this in turn allowed for more sail area, and better light air performance.
|The Red Lion on launching day, sporting her original Lion Breweries-influenced signwriting which was removed before long after a protest under Rule 26 from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club sailing committee|
|The Red Lion shows the clean and narrower stern shape of the 1977 generation of Farr One Tonners|
|The sharp end of The Red Lion|
The centreboarders took out the top places and thus filled all the places for the New Zealand team, with Smackwater Jack taking out overall honours (some of the out-moded keelboats went on to compete in the Cup proper as overseas charter entries). The Red Lion failed to fire in the trials, but nevertheless qualified for the team with a fifth placing. She also competed soon afterwards in the Southern Cross Cup trials, but missed out, finishing behind the Half Tonner Swuzzelebubble, Smir-Noff-Agen and Jenny H.
|The Red Lion during the 1977 One Ton Cup and sporting her new Ross&Jones mainsail|
|The Red Lion in light airs during the start of the middle distance race of the 1977 One Ton Cup|
|Spinnaker and shooter set on a downwind leg in the 1977 One Ton Cup|
|The Red Lion powers upwind during the 1977 One Ton Cup series|
|The Red Lion under her new Italian ownership at the 1978 One Ton Cup|