Designer Scott Kaufman shared this bit of a bummer with us…
Just wanted to share the sad destruction of Vanina/ Gauntlet. She started life in 1976, build by Benetti in Italy and then after a major redesign in 1978 made the 1979 Italian Admirals Cup team. One of my best boats for sure.
After Italy she resided in New Orleans and was sailed by a team led by Buddy Friedrichs and was unbeatable.
Eventually headed north to the great lakes where I guess someone didn’t pay the yard bills for a few years and you see the results. Very sad. –