Just nine lives?

Asked to select one most iconic ocean racing yacht to go afloat since Seahorse itself was launched in 1969, more than a few of the great ocean racing names, and even more successful designers, builders and engineers, would soon be shortlisting the 1984 Nigel Irens-designed and Canadair-built big cat Formule TAG. Nic Compton finds out why…

The giant catamaran cluttering up a corner of the harbour at Brest made a sad sight. Stripped of its rig and all its deck gear, its hulls stained and battered, the crippled yacht looked unkempt and unloved. One British sailing magazine described her as a ‘forlorn hulk’ and an ‘expensive big piece of marine litter.

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