The Sailboat Victory (aka Jameson Whiskey)
Victory is a 1987 International Offshore Racing (IOR) Sailboat 1-Ton class. She is 40 feet overall, the length at the waterline is bit less than 34 feet and she is 13 feet at the beam. She weighs 10,000 pounds empty and drafts about 7 feet. She has an elliptical keel that is very narrow, like a dagger board. Victory has a fractional rig. The mast top is 64 feet above the water and the boom is 20 feet long.
Victory’s hull is a multi-sandwich construction composite. The outer hull is 8mm of vinyl followed by 20mm Kevlar foam and Kevlar honeycomb followed by a carbon fiber laminate inner hull. The keel box is constructed from aircraft aluminum and extends from the mast to the propeller shaft strut. All areas of the keel box that touch the hull have a layer of Kevlar laminate between carbon fiber and aluminum. All of the stanchions and tiller are titanium. The standing rigging is discontinuous alloy solid rods. The running rigging and life lines are Amsteel.
Victory can go to weather better than any boat I’ve sailed or crewed on. I have been able to put the boat on a plane going to weather with tatty storm sails. There are some tips I have and modifications I was going to make to take advantage of Victory’s sailing characteristics (learned through sailing and talking to Ed Dubois). I spoke to Ed Dubois a couple of times about Jameson Whiskey’s design. He mentioned a couple design elements he thought would provide better performance than what occurred at the Admirals Cup. Full Pelt did great.