Sailing community mourns loss of AC designer Laurie Davidson

Yacht designer Laurie Davidson, a key figure in Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup breakthrough, has died.

Davidson passed away in Auckland, aged 94.

He designed NZL32, better known as Black Magic, which Team New Zealand sailed to win the Auld Mug for the first time in San Diego in 1995. The Kiwis swept that series 5-0 against Dennis Conner’s US defender Stars & Stripes.

For the full story, see: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/americas-cup/126593259/team-nz-designer-laurie-davidson-dies

By Duncan Johnstone

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