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First Multi-Hull To Race In America's Cup

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Published on Oct 21, 2010

Team Dennis Conner's 60-foot wing-sail catamaran STARS & STRIPES '88 (US-1) is the first catamaran to race and win the 1988 America's Cup off San Diego, California. Conner's wing-sail catamaran bested New Zealand's huge 135-foot rogue challenger sloop two out of three races to win the America's Cup. STARS & STRIPES '88 wing-sail was built at Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites, Inc. Rutan's company built
the Voyager aircraft which circled the globe non-stop. Notable is that the first race of the 1988 America's Cup was sailed into Mexican waters which marked the first time an America's Cup was sailed in international waters. Ironically,
the next America's Cup in 2013 will be sailed in winged-sail catamarans called the AC72.

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