The name Propaganda was going to be used for a racehorse but backers Adrian Burr, Peter Tatham and Bevan Woolley decided to build a boat instead. Propaganda was built by Cooksons utilising an advanced mix of Kevlar, Nomex honeycomb and carbon fibre, and following European trends of the time, titanium deck and mast fittings were added. As a result, Propaganda was a little lighter than anticipated. This made the yacht too stiff, which was a trait that was penalised under the IOR. Instead of rating at the One Ton level of 30.55ft IOR, Propaganda came in at 31.2ft. so 1,000lbs of lead was removed from the keel in order to reduce stability sufficiently to get the rating down to 30.6ft.
|The lines of Design 182|
|Propaganda under construction at Cookson yachts|
|Propaganda on launching day|
|Propaganda during the 1987 New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials|
|Propaganda hull profile and deck plan|
Fair Share missed team selection, but her skipper Peter Lester joined Propaganda as helmsman to free up Butterworth as tactician. The crew then set about delivering a winning campaign. Sails came from the North's Auckland loft, set on a Sparcraft mast. Local Windward and overseas Sobstad and Diamond sails were bought in as quality and speed checks.
|Propaganda seen here motoring to a start during the 1987 Admiral's Cup (photo www.shockwave40.blogspot.com)|
|Propaganda prepares for a start in the 1987 Admiral's Cup series, just to leeward of the Danish One Tonner Andelsbanken, and to windward of Australia's Swan Premium 1|
|Spinnaker hoisting action aboard Propaganda during the 1987 Admiral's Cup|
|Propaganda leads Spanish yacht E2525 and the bigger Pinta around a busy windward mark|
By the second inshore race, Propaganda was starting to establish herself as something a little special - she was deliberately more upwind oriented than other Farr One Tonners, but the way she lifted clear of the pack marked her out. In the Fastnet race, and with the New Zealand team needing to defend a 109 point lead, Propaganda and Jamarella rarely lost sight of each other, trading tacks, gybes and sail changes for more than 600 miles.
|Propaganda works her way upwind during the the 1987 Admiral's Cup|
|The One Ton Cup|
|Propaganda reaches away ahead of the fleet during the 1988 One Ton Cup|
|The Propaganda crew prepare to hoist the spinnaker in windy conditions on San Francisco Bay during the 1988 One Ton Cup (photo Philip Macalister/Sea Spray magazine)|
|Propaganda is off! Another downwind shot from the 1988 One Ton Cup (photo One Ton Class Facebook page)|
|Propaganda is seen here motoring up the Hamble River during the 1989 Admiral's Cup series (photo www.shockwave40.blogspot.com)|
|The remodelled Propaganda in trials in Auckland ahead of the 1989 Admiral's Cup|
In the end, however, the New Zealand team did not quite have the edge that they enjoyed in 1987, and finished in a disappointing, but still respectable, third place overall, behind Britain and Denmark.
|Propaganda arriving at Lymington Marina during the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo www.shockwave40.blogspot.com)|
Propaganda is currently located in Hakata, Japan, and a recent photo can be seen here.