These were reasonably high-wooded and had a relatively symmetrical waterplane, which was not unusual, but they sported large fractional rigs that were considered at the time to be a somewhat pioneering use of such rigs at this size. Pinta made it into the German team, but Container did not, and went on to sail for the ninth placed Austrian team, in the year that Germany won.
The new Container was commissioned to contest the 1984 Sardinia Cup and the 1985 Admiral's Cup, and this time was one of three new boats designed basically to the same Judel/Vrolijk design as their 1983 predecessors, but with much more attention given to weight saving through improved construction, and a switch from wheel to tiller steering. All aspects were critiqued by all involved, with the number of winches reduced to six, and deletion of floorboard from the interior, resulting in yachts that were about 1,500lbs lighter than the original versions. All yachts were rigged with Reckmann spars and North sails from the German loft. The new Container and Pinta were considered Mk II versions of the J/V 42, while the third boat, I-Punkt, was a Mk III version, lighter still with reduced freeboard and sail area. The yachts carried a rating of around 32.3ft IOR.
|Container - top yacht in the 1984 Sardinia Cup|
|Container - Admiral's Cup 1985|
|Touch Down (ex-Container) more recently|
|Touch Down sailing in the Finnish IRC ranking series, with her new blue paint scheme|