|Japanese yacht Tiger|
The Japanese team comprised the Farr 50-footers Tiger (skippered by Peter Lester), and Will (skippered by Geoff Stagg) and the Farr 44 Swing (ex-Librah). The Australian team featured the David Pedrick designed maxi Drumbeat, the Farr 50 Heaven Can Wait and the Frers 50 Cyclone. Rigging troubles aboard Heaven Can Wait in the short ocean race, and on Cyclone for the long offshore, opened the door for the Japanese, who also experienced their own problems. A new super-lightweight rudder on Will sheared off three hours into the long spinnaker run during the long offshore, and with just the rudder stock and 2 feet of blade Will completed the run without her spinnaker, and the subsequent 120 mile beat, salvaging 14th place for herself, and overall victory for her team.
|Shortly before disaster, An dices with another Japanese One Tonner, Will Jr|
|Another view of An before tragedy struck|
The series was marred by the sinking of the Japanese yacht An, a new Farr One Tonner, during the middle-distance Molokai race which resulted in the drowning of one of her all female Japanese crew. An struck a reef at the eastern end of Molokai and sank in about 30 feet of water, and the crew member became entangled in ropes as the yacht sank.
|Tiger, with a large New Zealand contingent aboard, helped sweep the Japanese team to triumph in the 1990 Kenwood Cup (photo Daniel Forster/NZ Yachting)|
|New Zealand entry Matenrow rounds a leeward mark during the 1990 Kenwood Cup, and below rounding just behind Propaganda which was another Japanese entry|
|Bravura - a broken boom put paid to her chances of being top yacht overall and she ended up 12th overall|
The series was generally dominated by the 50 footers, and it was only the top two One Tonners, Matenrow and Irving Loube's top One Tonner Bravura (US), and winner of the previous Kenwood Cup, that were able to mix it with the larger boats on corrected time.
|NZ Natural (Graeme Woodroffe) drops her spinnaker during one of the inshore races of the 1990 Kenwood Cup|
Footage from this series can be seen in the following clips: