In the early spring of 2000, a new IMS 50 destined for the grand-prix circuit emerged from Eric Goetz's boatbuilding facility in Bristol, R.I. Designed by Bruce Farr, the dark green 52-footer looked nothing like other IMS raceboats of the day. The tall, vertical freeboard, a nearly flush deck, non-overlapping headsails, and a boxy, covered transom made it look as if it had been designed to a rule that had no love for aesthetics, but Esmeralda was fast and had a racer/cruiser rating that made it tough to beat. Owner Makoto Uematsu staffed the boat with a pro team led by Ken Read, and Esmeralda quickly made mincemeat of American IMS fleets on both coasts. Soon after winning the 2001 Acura SORC, the boat was loaded aboard a freighter bound for Japan. However, Spanish sailor Fernando Leon needed a ride for the 2001 IMS Worlds, made an offer, and the Farr boat headed for Europe where, as Cam, it promptly won Division A at the 2001 Rolex IMS Offshore Worlds.