For 1978 a new handicapping system had been introduced in response to growing angst about the direction of the IOR. This new Measurement Handicap System (MHS) requirement machine measurement of hulls and was a forerunner of the IMS. The MHS was designed to improve the chances for more cruising-oriented yachts, and MHS proponents were delighted when the 1978 series was won by Babe, a 40 foot yawl, but even Babe's owner acknowledged "we have set yacht design back 30 years".
|Carina, the 1974 winner of the series|
|English yacht Saracen, a Bruce Farr centreboard One Tonner and sistership to Downtown (converted to a fixed keel for the One Ton Cup in Flensburg later that year)|
|The MHS machine in use at the Newport Shipyard on one of the competing yachts|
|The winner of the 1974 One Ton Cup, the Peterson design Gumboots|
|Wa Wa Too|