With few boats remaining in the New Zealand IOR fleet, it was fortunate that Propaganda and Fair Share, the latter an unsuccessful trialist in 1987, were able to be counted on as the nucleus of a defence team. After much analysis of the new time multiplication factor (TMF) by the New Zealand team, in conjunction with the Farr office, Fay and Richwhite elected to proceed with a 44 footer, as a 50 footer was seen as too much of a risky proposition.
|Librah under construction at Marten Marine|
|Librah works up in light airs on Auckland Harbour in preparation for the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo Seahorse)|
|The clean and efficient deck layout of Librah, with her team-mate Propaganda in the backgound|
|Librah during early sailing trials in New Zealand|
|The Librah crew set the spinnaker soon after a windward mark rounding in the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo Roger Lean Vercoe)|
|Librah has a good start in this race during the 1989 Admiral's Cup, to leeward with clear air|
|Librah showing her windward form during the 1989 Admiral's Cup|
|Librah in close mark rounding action during the 1989 Admiral's Cup (photo Leon Sefton)|
Librah was bought by a Japanese yachtsman and was renamed Swing - she competed in the Japanese 'Blue' team in the 1990 Kenwood Cup, alongside the One Tonner Will and the 50 footer Tiger. She finished ninth (with placings of 11/5/10/15/14/6), contributing to the team's overall win, Japan's first team victory in an international ocean racing championship.