The 13ft (4m) beam was carried well aft, although to maintain a competitive rating this width had to be offset with a significant bustle to reduce the after girth station penalty. Locura also carried about 10% more sail for her rating, and this was set on a tapered three-spreader Sparcraft masthead rig, with a large main and narrow and tall foretriangle. This arrangement mandated narrow spinnakers, which were something of a drawback in light running conditions. The yacht was constructed with skins of E-glass with a Klegecell core capped with carbon fibre.
|Locura sails downwind during the 1983 SORC (photo Larry Moran)|
|Locura during early sailing trials 1983 (photo Sail magazine)|
|Above and below - Locura during the 1983 SORC (photo Seahorse (above), Yachting World (below))|
For the Admiral's Cup she was skippered by Soverel and Ted Turner was enticed out of retirement to join the yacht as tactician. The size and moding of Locura was not well suited to the light conditions that prevailed in 1983, but the US proved a point on the second race when Scarlett O'Hara and Locura finished first and second respectively, and the team were the top performers of the day. The US team finished third overall, and Locura finished 20th yacht with placings of 13/2/36/20/22.
|Locura with an army of crew stacked in the aft deck sailing downwind during the 1983 Admiral's Cup|
The yacht was later renamed Barrister III and painted red. She continued to enjoy success at various regattas around the east coast. However, in early 1999 Barrister III fell off its jack and onto her side, breaking stringers and puncturing the hull. She was later sold to a French yachtsman who sailed her from Maine to Bordeaux.
|Dawn Patrol ploughs into a wave during the 1984 SORC (photo Larry Moran)|
|Dawn Patrol (above and below), 1984 SORC (photos Larry Moran)|
|Barrister III (ex-Locura) in a forlorn state, 1999|
|Barrister III more recently, sailing in France|
|The Shadow, a 55ft development of Locura, showing the distinctive Soverel stern treatment|
|The Shadow sailing in light airs in 1984 (photo Larry Moran)|