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The 1978 Quarter Ton Cup – Sajima, Japan

Magician V - winner of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup - Skippered by Roy Cundiff
Magician V – winner of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup – Skippered by Roy Cundiff

Sailed in Sajima, Japan, the Cup was won by a Japanese design ‘Magician V’, a fairly conventional but modified production boat, built by the Yamaha Corporation in a lengthy project to win the Cup and to promote their designs.  SoCal sailor and sailmaker for North Sails, Roy Cundiff, was the skipper of this team.

The event featured strong winds with choppy seas, that took out the masts of the production versions of the previous 1977 winner, the Holland-design Manzanita, and saw numerous capsizes.

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