Legende was a Doug Peterson-designed One Tonner, based on and moulded from the production Jeanneau Sun Legende 41, with the mould 'blocked off' to improve its rating under IOR. The yacht was built as a promotion for the Sun Legende, and wanted a boat that could compete with the Beneteau One Tonners such as Coyote and the first (1984) version of Fair Lady. Legende was built to compete in the 1985 SORC, and was similar in proportions and aesthetics to many of the fractional One Tonners of the era, including the Farr yachts such as Total Eclipse (ex-Geronimo).
Legende was the first high tech custom racing boat that Jeanneau had ever built, and unfortunately she was delivered two months late and she ended up being launched on just the day before the 1985 SORC. The first time the sails were hoisted was on the way to the startline and she simply hadn't been properly optimised and rated about 0.2ft higher for the series than she should have (30.7ft IOR), and just higher than the One Ton limit of 30.55ft.
|Legende being launched a day before the start of the 1985 SORC series (photo credit P Bishop)|
|Legende heading out to the start of a race during the 1985 SORC|
|Legende in the marina during the 1985 SORC, alongside the Joubert/Nivelt Innisfree (photo credit P Bishop)|
|Legende sailing upwind during the 1985 SORC|
|Above and below - Legende lies in Knight Marine in Rockland, circa 1992|
Legende has been recently (April 2015) located in Thomaston, Maine, still on dry land but by all accounts in good condition, although the deck needs some cosmetic work and the engine would require replacement.