Black Magic designer Doug Peterson enters America's Cup Hall of Fame

America's Cup design guru Doug Peterson at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.
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America's Cup design guru Doug Peterson at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.

Doug Peterson, one of the leading brains behind Team New Zealand's breakthrough yacht Black Magic, is being inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.

Peterson will join fellow American John Marshall and Australian Syd Fisher as the three inductees to be confirmed at a ceremony in San Diego in October.

Peterson, a two-time winner of the America's Cup, was a key member of the design teams for America3 (winner in 1992), Team New Zealand (winner in 1995), and Prada Challenge (2000 and 2003).

Team New Zealand's "Black Magic" crew celebrate after winning the America's Cup in San Diego in 1995.
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Team New Zealand's "Black Magic" crew celebrate after winning the America's Cup in San Diego in 1995.

NZL32, dubbed Black Magic, and her sister ship NZL38, completely dominated the 1995 regatta in San Diego where Team New Zealand finally won the Auld Mug.

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Team New Zealand's "Black Magic" and Dennis Conner's Team Stars and Stripes battle neck and neck at the start of the ...
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Team New Zealand's "Black Magic" and Dennis Conner's Team Stars and Stripes battle neck and neck at the start of the fifth race in the 1995 America's Cup final.

They ended with a 42-1 record with an average margin of victory of 3:06 and Black Magic completed a 5-0 sweep of American defender Dennis Conner in the Cup final.

"Black Magic's advantage in speed was due in part to Peterson's decision to design her with a narrow beam and a mast positioned further aft than her conventional counterparts, establishing a new paradigm in America's Cup class yacht design," the America's Cup Hall of Fame said of the designer as they confirmed his induction.

Peterson further attributed the success of the boat to using a total approach to design: "We started on a path with the hull, but then interconnected other components like mast and sails, always looking at it as a whole. That is our strength."

Black Magic is now a feature of the Maritime Museum in Auckland.

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Team New Zealand syndicate boss Sir Peter Blake and skipper Russell Coutts were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the immediate aftermath to the 1995 success.

 - Stuff

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