Diva was constructed in Kevlar foam with carbon fibre longitudinal stringers - building commenced in February 1983 and she was hurriedly launched on 1 May for the French trials - she missed the first race but won all the others convincingly, sailed superbly by Yves Pajot and a crew of Half Ton sailors, along with designer Nivelt.
Diva was joined for the French Admiral's Cup team by another Joubert/Nivelt design, Passion (32.0ft IOR), which had been built for the cancelled Two Ton Cup at Le Havre. A Frers 41 Ossian (32.4ft IOR), the ex-Mea Culpa, completed the French lineup. Diva started the series strongly, with a second and fifth in the first two races. Her series looked to have ended in disaster when she ran over a mooring off Ryde Sands, off Lee-on-Solent, early in the Channel Race, and the mooring cable became firmly lodged between the keel and rudder. The light airs that plagued the race benefited the minimum raters, however, and once the Diva crew had escaped from their entanglement the unsettled wind allowed Diva to work up to fifth place by the Nab Tower, although she slipped to eighth at the finish.
|Diva leads some bigger yachts on her way to second place in the first race of the 1983 Admiral's Cup|
|The Diva crew work to extricate themselves from a mooring cable soon after the start of the Channel Race|
|Stern view of the 1983 Admiral's Cup top scorer, Diva|
Unfortunately Diva's stand out performance was not matched by her team-mates who were completely outclassed, while a crew dispute saw Passion not race the Fastnet, and France finished the series in a lowly 12th place (of 15 teams).
|Diva during the 1984 SORC|
|Diva holding off Razzle Dazzle during the 1984 SORC|
Diva began a late run in the fourth race, coming through in the last three races with results of 1/2/2 in class, and 2/6/14 in fleet, to be the first European yacht to win the coveted Governor's Cup for top yacht overall. She finished second in class behind Allegiance, and was the first fractionally rigged yacht to win the SORC.
|Diva - overall winner of the 1984 SORC, and second in Class E (photo Larry Moran)|
|Diva - circa mid-1980s|