Launched in June 1974, Courageous was the first ever 12m boat built all in aluminum. It was a light boat, conservative in its lines and probably the most elegant 12 ever launched. During the 1974 sailing season, Halsey Herreshoff may have used the first computer system fitted aboard a Cup boat. Dick McCurdy developed the computer and software and Halsey did not commit a single navigation error the whole summer.
Courageous successfully defended the America's Cup for the USA in 1974 with Ted Hood at the helm. After the 1974 cup, Hood built a new boat which he thought was faster than Courageous, and sold Courageous to Ted Turner. Turner won the 1977 America's Cup defender trials in Courageous, beating Hood in the process, and then went on to successfully defend the America's Cup later that year.
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