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Originally commissioned for German syndicate in 2003, Team New Zealand used her as a trial boat prior to their 2007 America's Cup campaign. NZL68 is also in virtually original race configuration, while minor alterations have been made to meet with maritime safety regulations.
The yacht has a keel bulb weighing 20 tonnes.
Built and raced by Japan this vessel came second to Team New Zealand in the 1995 Louis Vuitton Challenge. It competed in the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup alongside, Team New Zealand, One Australia and Tag Heuer. The yacht was then bought by the GBR Challenge and used as a training boat and was raced at the 150th America's Cup Jubilee 2001 in Cowes.
NZL41 remains in almost the same configuration as when she was raced ensuring an authentic race experience, while minor alterations including hand rails ensure comfort and safety of those on board. She has even had the honour of having Prince William sail her in 2014 during the Royal tour
Fay backed New Zealand's first America's Cup campaign in 1987, which won through to the challenger's final before losing to a US entry from San Diego.
In 1988 Fay backed a challenge to the San Diego Yacht Club, who had just won the America's Cup. Rather than wait three to four years and join a general international challenge as had been the custom for thirty-five years, he had his legal team review the original Deed of Gift. The Deed of Gift was the document drawn up by the owners of the 100 Guineas Cup, won by the yacht America, to offer the cup for international competition. The deed did not specify a time delay between challenges, nor were competitors limited to compete in a particular class of boat, nor did boats have to be the same size or class. Fay financed the creation of KZ 1, a large single-hull yacht which complied with the original Deed of Gift but was much larger and hence faster than the 12-metre class boats which had been used for America's Cup competition for many years. Dennis Conner, skipper of the American defender, responded by building the multihull Stars & Stripes (US-1). Court actions followed which decided that both boats complied with the original Deed of Gift. Fay sailed on the boat during the 1988 America's Cup. The Stars & Stripes catamaran easily won. The bad press generated by Fay's heavily litigious approach to yacht racing heralded an era of better management and agreement for future challenges.
In the Queen's Birthday Honours 1990 Fay was appointed as a Knight Bachelor for 'services to merchant banking and to yachting'.
Sir Michael Fay was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2002.