From the Archives: Ultimate Metamorphosis of the Open 30

Just when the Ultimate 30 class appeared dead, U.S. owners and interested sailors in Europe gave this big dinghy a new lease on life - and a new name. From our February 1991 issue.

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When the 1990 Ultimate Yacht Race season ended abruptly with the cancellation of the final event, and some competitors encountered difficulty collecting their prize money, Ultimate 30 racers looked to be at their ultimate dead end. Without a U.S. circuit, did the class have a future, or would Ultimate 30s become extinct, going down in history as a dinosaur among dinghies? Read more here.