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Juno leading the Fleet - Oil on canvas by Geoff Hunt RSMA.

Juno leading the Fleet - Oil on canvas by Geoff Hunt RSMA.

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Fourteen teams arrived in Cowes for the start of the 1989 Champagne Mumm Admiral’s Cup in which the British finally took back the trophy with the slimmest of margins from the Danish team of just 18 points. The British team was masterminded by Harold Cudmore and included Graham Walker’s Indulgence, Mike Peacock’s Juno IV and Alan Gray’s Jamarella. For Graham Walker it was certainly a case of unfinished business having been runner-up twice and third once.

An additional race was added to the series – taking it to six and with retrospection it was agreed that this was one of the best year’s in the event’s history with designers, builders, owners and crew drawing together a fleet of outstanding performance. Harold Cudmore’s role in bringing together the British team was reflected in their strong performance to take the Admiral’s Cup for the first time in eight years.

That the Admiral's Cup survived until 2003 when most other team events were being abandoned, is a testament to its status as the “unofficial world championship of offshore racing” and to the reputation of the Solent as being one of the most challenging venues in the world with its strong tidal currents and capricious winds.

Oil on linen canvas, signed lower left, framed.

Canvas size: 20 x 30 inches (50.5cm x 76cm)

Frame size approx: 26 x 36 inches (66cm x 91cm)

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