TRUE NORTH IV
Length: 20.5 Metres (67.3 Feet)
Beam: 3.79 Metres (12.4 Feet)
Draft: 2.68 Metres (8.8 Feet)
Sail: 164 Sq. Metres (1765.3 Sq. Feet)
True North IV (affectionately referred to as "Ivy") incorporates numerous adjustments that her designer, Steve Killing felt would give her a leg up with regards to taking home the 1987 America’s Cup. In particular, she is longer on the waterline and carries additional weight for better speed and seaworthiness in the strong Australian winds for which she was built.
At the time she was drawn, Ivy was a bold design move – displaying the longest waterline length of any 12 Metre Class vessel ever created. Sadly, Ivy never saw competition due to her Canadian syndicate lead by the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Club running into financial trouble during their campaign. Her abandoned hull was tracked down by Colin Percy, the founder of the St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta. He took it upon himself to see her true purpose fulfilled, and to not have this piece of sailing history lost. Ivy arrived in Sint Maarten in May 1993, where she was completed and launched by the dedicated crew of 12 Metre Racing, and continues to be the true challenger she is.