|Sirius II, third overall|
French yacht Passion 2, designed and skippered by Philippe Briand, was the outstanding boat of the series, and marked a general dominance of the event by the French, not just French-crewed yachts but in terms of designers, builders and riggers, and followed on from the success of Diva, the Joubert/Nivelt 40 footer that was top boat in the Admiral's Cup a year earlier.
Passion 2 had won the French selection series and dominated the One Ton Cup, although she had only a modest start in the first race in light, fluky conditions over an Olympic course in which she finished fifth. She won the next race in perfect 12 knot breezes, but only after some very close racing, mainly against the German yacht Sudpack, a new Judel/Vrolijk design.
|As elegant as she was fast, the 1984 winner of the One Ton Cup, Passion 2|
|Close downwind action during the 1984 One Ton Cup, with Coyote leading Cifraline III|
|Passion 2 to weather of competitors in the 1984 One Ton Cup (Coyote to leeward and Regardless ahead to the right)|
|The 1984 One Ton fleet head downwind (Sudpack leading from Passion 2, Sirius II and Jade)|
|Sudpack, the widest of the One Tonners in 1984 - construction problems in the fourth race forced her out of the final race and she finished 12th overall|
|The distinctive topside flare and curved sheerline that borrowed much from Briand's earlier winning Half Tonner Free Lance|
|Passion 2 chases Sudpack downwind during the 1984 One Ton Cup|
|Sirius II (above and below) - enjoyed the breezier conditions of the fourth race|
|Passion 2 - above and below|
The last race, the double points long offshore (255 miles), began with the overall result still wide open and the promise of more light weather. Passion 2 came again to the fore, rounding each mark consistently ahead, but with Coyote in close company. After 40 hours of racing, Passion 2 took the gun, and a clear 24 point lead to win the One Ton Cup. French yachts filled four of the top five places, with only Sirius II getting in on the act in third. Cifraline 3, a Daniel Andrieu design, finished second. Regardless finished a lowly 17th in this race, and had to settle for seventh overall.
|Another view of Sudpack, from astern and showing her wide beam|
|One of the four First 40 Evolutions in the 1984 One Ton Cup, Fair Lady, and seen below to leeward of Sudpack|
It was also notable that, with the series being the first under the new 30.5ft IOR rating limit, that the top Admiral's Cup and SORC yacht of 1984, Diva, finished tenth, and the second Admiral's Cup boat, Sabina, finished 18th. In addition, series production yachts did reasonably well against the custom boats, with Fair Lady, Coyote and Super Stroumpf, all First 40 Evolutions, finishing fourth, fifth and ninth, and Alliance, a new X-Boats One Tonner from Denmark, finishing eighth. Diva, in German hands for the series, finished tenth.
|The Danish X-Yacht Alliance (above and below) - finished 8th overall (placings 10/8/14/13/4)|
|Cifraline 3 rounding a windward mark|
|Stern view of Passion 2|
|Jade rounds a windward mark ahead of Coyote|