|Sailing trials soon after launching|
Her most distinctive characteristics were perhaps a fractional rig and use of a centreboard and internal ballast - this was an approach that became almost mandatory in the summer of 1977 following the failure of the Offshore Rating Council to plug the centreboard loophole the previous year.
|The B195 half model|
|Hydraulic bobstay detail|
The overall result was a shallower, smaller boat that carried only fractionally more sail than the Farr boats. As another point of difference, B195 relied almost entirely on internal ballast, with a light centreboard, whereas Farr had sought additional stability with centreboards that made up approximately 20 percent of their overall ballast.
The B195 campaign was underwritten by the electronics manufacturer Pioneer Sound and the yacht originally sported her sponsors name. However, Rule 26 of the international yacht racing rules at the time dictated that the name could not stand, and, after a fruitless geographical search to find a water body of the same name as the sponsor, the yacht became known simply as her sail number. This problem mirrored similar issues in New Zealand with the likes of The Red Lion and Smir-Noff-Agen, and was a somewhat farcical situation given that the Cup races, and the preceding national trials, were normally named after their commercial sponsors.
|B195 sails upwind in one of the inshore races of the 1977 One Ton Cup (photo Jenny Green/Sea Spray)|
In the next race B195 had her worst result, finishing eighth. It was apparent that B195 was more tender upwind and gave away speed to the Farr centreboarders on this point of sail. This was offset in part by good downwind speed, though her lighter displacement and a centre of gravity that didn't change whether the centreboard was up or down. B195 bounced back in the middle distance race, however, finishing second behind The Red Lion. She also started strongly in the fourth race, but was unable to hold off the New Zealand charge on the final beat and finished fifth.
|B195 seen here at the start of the middle distance offshore race, with Mr Jumpa (left) and Smackwater Jack (right)|
|B195 sails dead downwind under spinnaker and blooper during one of the offshore races|
|B195 slides along during one of the offshore races alongside Smackwater Jack|
|B195 in Port Phillip Bay and providing some exposure for the boat's sponsor|
|B195 on Sydney Harbour during the 1977 Southern Cross Cup|
|B195 (left) to weather of Lovelace and Country Boy|
The boat was later sold in the US and was sailed to San Diego, where she came to a sad and untimely end when she caught fire in a marina. It is understood that her bow section graced Doug Peterson's garden for many years after.
|A sistership to B195, Australian yacht Deception|