Kiwi Magic (KZ3, KZ5, KZ7) - New Build

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New Zealand’s first challenge for the America’s Cup in 1987 saw the world’s first fibreglass 12 metre class yachts constructed at McMullen & Wing.

Much controversy surrounded these 'plastic fantastic' yachts, and despite having the fastest yacht in the event, New Zealand’s young sailing team were outclassed in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger finals by the experience of American Dennis Conner and his team.

Still regarded as the fastest 12 metre yachts ever built, Kiwi Magic KZ3, KZ5 and KZ7 set the scene for dramatic changes in the event to follow, and immediately placed New Zealand centre-stage in the world’s most prestigious yachting event.

Isla McKechnie