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Doug Peterson dies; famed yacht designer was 71

Doug Peterson dies; famed yacht designer was 71

SAN DIEGO — Doug Peterson, who helped design two yachts that won the America’s Cup, has died after a long illness. He was 71.

The San Diego Yacht Club confirmed that Peterson died Monday.

Peterson helped design America3, which Bill Koch sailed to victory against Italy in 1992, and then helped design Black Magic for Team New Zealand in 1995, when the Kiwis beat Dennis Conner.

He also designed the yacht that Italy’s Prada Challenge sailed in the 2000 America’s Cup match, a five-race loss to Team New Zealand.

Peterson will be inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island, in October.

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