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Anarchy wins Hot Rum Series

December 3rd, 2007 - San Diego, California

USA 11 "Anarchy" won PHRF Division 2 of the popular Hot Rum Series hosted by SDYC in San Diego, California. With a series of 1-3-6 the duo John Rickard / Scot Tempesta ends tied with the J-120 Caper (4-4-2), but final victory goes to Anarchy thanks to the better individual results. USA 24 "Elusive" ends the Series in 4th position, with the other 3 FT10s closing 18th, 21st and 24th in Division 2.

Anarchy and Elusive Trading Hot Rums

November 18th, 2007 - San Diego, California

USA 11 "Anarchy" and USA 24 "Elusive" are trading victories in PHRF DIvision 2 of the popular Hot Rum Series hosted by SDYC in San Diego, California. With 5 FT10s on the line, Anarchy won PHRF Division 2 of the first race of the series on November 4th. Elusive won Division 2 in the second race with Anarchy close 3rd. Division 2 is the biggest division of the popular winter series in San Diego, that includes well sailed J120, Beneteau 40.7, Beneteau 10R and Columbia 30ish. 

After two races Anarchy is in the lead of the 39 boats Division 2 followed by Elusive in second place.

PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM / Dennis St.Onge

Tigger Rounds the County, First!

November 11th, 2007 - West Sound, Washington.

Chris Winnard with the flamboyant USA 22 "Tigger: Dangerous When Striped" won a very competitive PHRF Division 0 at the Round the County 2007 Regatta, hosted by the Orcas Island Yacht Club. An excellent result considering that 2nd place finisher in Division 0 was Olympic Gold medalist Carl Buchan and a the class was full of other big waterline boats.

Sunday's second race saw winds of 20-25 knots, and Chris Winnard impressed for his upwind boat handing. With the rack stacked of crew Chris kept the pace with 1D35 and a well sailed J120. Tigger registered a downwind top speed of 17.9 knots, and according to one crew of a J125 they were very hard to shake off the transom even while doing 16 knots...

Enjoy a few great pictures of a dangerous Tigger in the great Pacific Northwest.

Picture by Tim O'Connell

FT 7.5M Tiger Cub is Born

October 18th, 2007 - The Internet

Sailing Anarchy publishes the first pictures of Tiger Cub, the Flying Tiger 7.5M. According to Sailing Anarchy Hiptrader has the same goal in mind: "Keep it Fast, Fun, and Affordable!".

The Tiger Cub has the same trademark look of the FT10, but is 7.5 meters long (25 feet),  has the mast stepped on deck, engine hanging on stern,  and will be offered in two configuration with draft of either 5 or 6 feet. Production of moulds will start in approximately 5 weeks, and the price is not know yet. Contact Hiptrader for further info.

Here are the known specs and a few pics (courtesy of Sailing Anarchy):

LOA 24.95'
DWL 23.55'
BEAM 8.05'
DRAFT 6' and 5'
DISP 2,250 Lbs
SA 380 Sq. Ft.

104th Flying Tiger Mast Shipped

October 16th, 2007 - Sidney, Australia
(From the CST website

CST has shipped over 100 masts for the FT10 Flying Tiger into China.

In reaching this milestone CST has mass produced the yacht mast using hi-tech filament winding technology; giving our customers a cost effective solutions for a high performance product.

By optimising this technology for large scale production, CST can now offer customers individual solutions at economical prices. For further information on our spar range and manufacturing capabilities contact: [email protected]

San Diego to Ensenada Photo Report

October 11th, 2007 - Ensenada, Mexico

Here is a photo report from the 2007 San Diego to Ensenada weekend. Names and locations withhold for obvious reasons...


What a weekend we get there in 6hrs and 45mts, we sail, eat, sleep,party, sail, eat, sleep, party......... Life is good!

"Elusive" Victory at San Diego to Ensenada and SoCal Series

October 6th, 2007 - Ensenada, Mexico

Official results are not out yet, but it appears that USA-24 "Elusive" owned by John Paquin took the overall corrected time victory and the class 2 trophy  in the San Diego to Ensenada International Yacht Race hosted by the SouthWestern Yacht Club. Perfect conditions for this downwind ride to Mexico: 20-25 knots of winds made for great surfing, with Elusive checking in at Ensenada at around 6:15 PM followed shortly by USA-11 "Anarchy" and USA-8 "Abacus". 

With this victory "Elusive" also wins the FT10 Southern California Series, with 3 impressive bullets in the Yachting Cup, Long Beach Race Week, and the San Diego To Ensenada. Tempesta/Rickard USA-11 "Anarchy" gets second in the Series after winning the first event at the San Diego NOODs. Congratulation to John Paquin that laureates 2007 Champion of the FT10 Southern California Fleet #1.

With his 2nd place in this race USA-11 "Anarchy" of the duo Tempesta/Rickard wins the FT10 San Diego fleet Series, with two races still ahead but an impressive series of 3 victories and 4 second places. Congratulation to owners Tempesta/Richard for the great season.

START DATE: 10/05/2007 START TIME: 11:50:00 DISTANCE: 62.00
1 42.00 USA 24 ELUSIVE JOHN PAQUIN FT10M CYC 05/18:19:03 6:29:03 5:45:39 LEAD
2 42.00 USA11 ANARCHY RICKARD TEMPESTA FT10M SDYC 05/18:27:35 6:37:35 5:54:11 0:08:32

3 18.00 104 NEMESIS GEOFF LONGENECKER MEL30M SWYC 05/18:07:54 6:17:54 5:59:18 0:13:39
4 42.00 8 ABACUS TIMOTHY CHIN FT10M SGYC 05/18:46:28 6:56:28 6:13:04 0:27:25
5 51.00 56603 UNCONTROLLABLE UR JAMES GILMORE SPRT30 SGYC 05/19:09:30 7:19:30 6:26:48 0:41:09

Neil Pryde Tuning Guide V.2

September 18th, 2007 - Annapolis, MD - USA

Neil Pryde just announced the Flying Tiger Tuning Guide Version 2.

" Our second edition of our guide comes from information we have complied from owners and testing during the run of the first 50 plus boats. We expect and are excited to see the class grow and with it sail designs, boat handling and equipment will continue to improve and be modified. With this in mind, this guide is a starting point from which to move forward from the earliest stages of the Tiger program and your sailing of the boat. Both of which are sure to grow. We at Neil Pryde are excited to help you on your way."

Double-Handing in San Francisco

September 17th, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - USA

We get frequently asked how the FT10 does short-handed. John Lymberg, owner of USA-50 "Savage Beauty", reports of his first double-handed sail in the Bay. John is an accomplished sailor member of the San Francisco Singlehanded Sailing Society.

"On Saturday my friend Dan and I went double-handed to check out the Big Boat Series (BBS), and to fly the spinnaker for the first time. I put up the #4 Neil Pride carbon and the full dacron main.

Wind was good at first, from 8-12 knots and though we were heeled, it was pleasant enough. We headed up to Alcatraz, then toward Yellow Bluff, intending to tack over to the city front. BBS race committe had just set leward inflatable marks. They smiled at us and waved. We saw a fleet with spinnakers coming down from the north. The wind started to build to about 15 -18 kts and we decided it was too windy to set with just the two of us, so we turned around to head under the bay bridge to south bay. We really flew with just main and jib, and fleet could not catch us!

Just before we got to Bay Bridge south tower, we prepared the spinnaker for set, and then hoisted around Pier 34. Water was flat and wind building. We flew across the bay as gusts increased, then started surfing towards Alameda/South Oakland. Our GPS went from 9-11, then 12-13 kts. Great fun! True wind we estimated at 18-22. Before we know it, we look behind us and saw the city skyline was small and distant and we were headed to San Leandro. We hit a lighter wind patch and immediately doused spinnaker.

We decided to head back up the city front to see more BBS racing, and make ourselves seen. As we passed the Ferry Bldg. heading toward Alcatraz, we looked off to the right and saw a huge line of sails coming our way from arond TI-- it was the 35 boat J105 fleet. What a sight to behold. We held our course and were going fast enough to get in front of most of the fleet as they crossed behind us. One boat crossed in front of us (probably the leader), and then we passed 3-4 boat lengths in front of 2-3other boats with crew lining the rail. We were able to stay safely out of the way by just holding our course.

Eventually they all tacked to north hugging the cityfront to stay out of the flood current, while we remained windward in the flood current to keep out of the way. Basically we sailed alongside the fleet up to Ft. Mason and GGYC. We saw the Melges 32 fleet flying down with spinnakers and rounding the leward mark. IOR racers started coming up from the east. Racing boats were everywhere. It was incredible, perfect racing conditions. But, it was time to tack away, since it was getting a little crowded.

We headed back to South bay and set the spinnaker again around the same location as before. We had a another fantastic ride, though this time we broached a few times. We were trying to go faster and break our speed record, but realized we had too much vang on that made us round up. Easing the vang really helped alot to keep us under control. Then, we had an issue with spinnaker take down. We almost got it all in, but wind gust made us go shrimping. Really hard to pull in when wet! Double handing is tricky, but can be done, and a tons of fun.

All in all a fantastic sail.


CAN 31 "My-Tai" Sweeps Maple Bay Regatta

September 2nd, 2007 - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC - Canada

CAN-31 "My-Tay" sweeps the PHRF A division at Maple Bay Yacht Club Regatta and wins first Overall in the Lieutenant Governors Trophy combined divisions A & B.  Here is a report form owner Alex Fox:

"Just a quick note regarding My-Tai at Maple Bay Regatta, Labour Day Weekend. First in PHRF Div. A and first Overall in the Lieutenant Governors Trophy. Combined divisions A & B.
Racing featured good competition from an Aerodyne 38, Henderson 30, J-120, Antrim 27, Beneteau 36.7, Martin 243 etc. Winds were 5-10 knots which seem to suit the Tiger very well. We were able to consistently outpace the fleet in these conditions finishing first over the line in every race and correcting to first in 4 out of 5 races. I was really surprised at how quick we were upwind. Results and pictures at Great boat!.

Cheers Alex"

Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Club Type Total Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
1 Can31 Mai-Tai Fox,Alex 57 RVicYC FlyingTiger 4 1 1 1 2* 1
2 28274 Killer Rabbit Wilder,Graham 87 WVYC Antrim 27 7 3* 2 2 1 2
3 3801 Kairos Jewula,Ron 45 RVicYC Aero38 15 2 6* 5 4 4
4 87383 Interim Serenius,Bob 109 NYC Ross930 17 5 3 3 6* 6
5 71221 Gardyloo Nelson,Eric 49 CYC 18 6 4 7* 5 3
6 SA-62 Lickety Split Stevens,Tom 111 SAYC T240 19 9* 7 4 3 5
7 43 Ion Jones,Bill 84 NYC Beneteau 36.7 27 4 8 8 9* 7
8 59880 Circadia Waterman,Kim 54 NYC J120 28 7 5 9* 8 8
9 5 Ghost Sampson,Bruce 69 MBYC M243 30 8 9* 6 7 9
10 42900 Darwin's Folly Petrachenkno,Tom 81 RVic C&C34R 44 11*DNS 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC

Pictures by John van den Hengel anf Andreas Berglund

CAN 31 "My-Tai" for Sale

September 1st, 2007 - Vancouver, BC - Canada

The first used FT10 came to the market in Vancouver, Canada. If you're looking for a well prepared, race ready FT10 with a great sail inventory contact Owner Daryl. Read all the info in the FT10 Classifieds

Fun in the Wind in San Francisco

August 19th, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - USA

A few shots, courtesy of Mariah's Eyes Photography, of USA 15 "Centomiglia" in the wind of San Francisco, California. This is what the FT 10 is all about: good friends having fun on the water. Pictures are worth a thousand words, indeed...

Photos by  Mariah's Eyes Photography

Tigris "Tigru" Europensis

August 15th, 2007 - Undisclosed Location, Finland

We have received an unconfirmed report of the sighting of a Tiger in Finland! The scientific community is still debating how the Tiger made it back to Europe, but our guess is that it was aboard a 40 feet container... Here is the report posted on Sailing Anarchy by the new happy owner.

To my understanding, the first Flying Tiger on this side of the Atlantic has sailed!

We unpacked the Tiger from the container a week ago on Friday and had it rigged and in her berth exactly a week later. We have dayjobs and had no professional help. Ok, we worked long nights to 3-4am, but.. wink.gif

Did a lot of installing (electronics, VHF etc) and tuning on the weekend and had the first testsail today in about 6kts of wind. The boat felt tremendously fast in such light conditions with 5 ppl on board. The feeling was just simply: !!WOW!! blink.gif

Overall, I'm really positively surprised about the quality of the build and that every single piece of equipment, rigging etc was aboard the container in working order. Great logistics!

Some thoughts (sorry if some of them are too obvious or already covered):

- Unpacking and assembling the Tiger is quite straightforward. No need for any professional help if you are reasonably confident with boats.
- You can easily unpack the Tiger with just a forklift if the container is placed on tarmac or concrete. We simply built rails for the boat cradle from 2by4's, pulled it with the forklift and slowed it down with straps. Then we just pushed it to a warehouse.
- 4-6 people can turn the Tiger level from it's tilted position simply by using (again) long 2by4's to tilt and then slow it down. It really doesn't weigh that much.
- Get lasers to align the mast before fitting it togther permanenty with epoxy, they cost $50 at a DIY store (worked great!). IMO tensioned strings are too unreliable.
- Hang everything (boat, keel, rudder) from something. Helps painting and sanding. We had just a pushable 2000kg, 4m tall inverted V-shaped steel "crane" and the chain hoist.

Overall, from the moment we got the container to the moment it was rigged and on water we burned something like 140 manhours. This includes sanding between primer coats, applying Hard Racing on the bottom and waxing her.

Best regards,


A Tiger in the Caribbean!

August 13th, 2007 - English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda

After 42 days at sea hull #42 - "Forty Two" has arrived to his home in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda. The  first FT10 in the Caribbean! On her first sail in the Tradewinds owner Sven Harder has already registered speeds in excess of 20 knots, and captured a few amazing shots of his Tiger blasting through the waves. Keep it On Sven!

USA 10 "Harbor Sailboats Racing" Wins August's One Design Weekends in San Diego

August 11h, 2007 - San Diego, CA - USA

Eight FT10s on the line for this month's round of One Design Weekend in San Diego. Tim Hirsh's USA 10 "Harbor Sailboats Racing" takes a bullet and wins after three races leading "Elusive" and "Anarchy".

"Mile High Klub" Takes Division in Santa Barbara to King Harbor 2007

August 5th, 2007 - Santa Barbara, CA - USA

USA 33 "Mile High Klub" wins division SPRIT-B, and make 6th overall (3rd monohull corrected), in the 2007 Santa Barbara to King Harbor. Read the full report from skippers Philip and Payson Infelise. Well done!

SPRIT-B PHRF Time on Distance / Start Time 12:10 / * Time Behind is Sec / Mile

1 6 33 Mile High Klub Payson & Phili Infelise 42 01:41:04 12:34:22 ABYC
2 7 50904 Plankton John Staff 39 01:40:59 12:38:20 3 CYC
3 12 3 Thumper Grant Lepper 54 02:20:11 12:57:17 17 SBYC
4 14 56610 Commanche Brent Carey/ Tim Kernan 51 02:20:02 13:01:11 20 ABYC
5 30 50959 Slug Matthew McQuaid 39 04:51:45 15:49:06 144 KHYC
6 36 7707 Ghost 2 Al Berg 30 05:08:22 16:17:52 166 SMWYC
7 37 7800 Gimme Shelter Vittorio Jackson 39 05:26:31 16:23:52 170 KHYC

Dangerous When Striped!

July 27th, 2007 - Whidbey Island, WA - USA

USA 22 "Tigger, Dangerous When Striped" is the winner of Fleet P1 at Whidbey Island Race Week. Well done to owner Chris Winnard and Crew. Ta-Tah, for now!

Rank Fleet Boat Name Boat Type Sail No Skipper Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Points

1 P1 Tigger/Dangerous When Striped Flying Tiger USA 22 Chris Winnard 57 2.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 17.0
2 P1 Kilo Synergy 1000 1001 Paul Faget 54 9.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 8.0 21.0
3 P1 My-Tai Flying Tiger CAN 31 Daryl Homan 57 4.0 5.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 26.0
4 P1 Firecracker Flying Tiger 23 John Anicker 57 1.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 6.0 1.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 28.0
5 P1 Prowler Flying Tiger CAN 37 Kirk Leslie 57 5.0 2.0 OCS(12) 1.0 1.0 6.0 10.0 DSQ(12) 4.0 41.0
6 P1 Tiger Lilly Flying Tiger 29 Mark McCuddy 57 3.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 10.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 41.0
7 P1 Rock On! Flying Tiger USA 14 Scott Burbank 57 7.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 6.0 53.0

8 P1 Synge Synergy 1000 1003 Mike Amirault 48 11.0 10.0 OCS(12) 11.0 7.0 5.0 3.0 10.0 7.0 64.0
9 P1 Faster Pussycat Flying Tiger USA 16 Andy McShea 57 8.0 9.0 7.0 8.0 10.0 8.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 64.0
10 P1 Jazz Martin 243 9 Graham McGlashan 66 10.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 11.0 9.0 11.0 5.0 11.0 71.0
11 P1 Eye Eye J-90 3 David Cohen 54 6.0 11.0 OCS(12) 10.0 9.0 11.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 72.0

Photos by: Pacific Fog - Sean Trew

Stripes are Fast at Whidbey Island

July 24th, 2007 - Whidbey Island, WA - USA

After the first day of racing at Whidbey Island Race Week USA 22 "Tigger, Dangerous When Striped" is on the lead: stripes are fast indeed!  Ta-Tah, for now!

P1 Fleet - Sailed: 2 Discards: 0 Ratings: PHRF
1 P1 Tigger/Dangerous When Striped Flying Tiger USA 22 Chris Winnard 57 2.0 4.0 6.0 teal
2 P1 Tiger Lilly Flying Tiger 29 Mark McCuddy 57 3.0 3.0 6.0 teal
3 P1 Firecracker Flying Tiger 23 John Anicker 57 1.0 6.0 7.0 teal
4 P1 Prowler Flying Tiger CAN 37 Kirk Leslie 57 5.0 2.0 7.0 teal
5 P1 My-Tai Flying Tiger CAN 31 Daryl Homan 57 4.0 5.0 9.0 teal

6 P1 Kilo Synergy 1000 1001 Paul Faget 54 9.0 1.0 10.0 teal
7 P1 Rock On! Flying Tiger USA 14 Scott Burbank 57 7.0 7.0 14.0 teal
8 P1 Eye Eye J-90 3 David Cohen 54 6.0 11.0 17.0 teal
9 P1 Faster Pussycat Flying Tiger USA 16 Andy McShea 57 8.0 9.0 17.0 teal
10 P1 Jazz Martin 243 9 Graham McGlashan 66 10.0 8.0 18.0 teal
11 P1 Synge Synergy 1000 1003 Mike Amirault 48 11.0 10.0 21.0 teal

Pacific Fog Picture

7 Tigers expected at Whidbey Island

July 15th, 2007 - Whidbey Island, WA - USA

7 FT10s will be on the start line at Whidbey Island Race Week July 22-27, 2007. This is one of the major events in the US Pacific Northwest, and even if the FT10 will be racing PHRF (10 entries are required for an OD start), Hiptrader will reward the fastest Tiger with 7 Nordstrom Vouchers. The FT10 designer Bob Perry will be at Whidbey Island to award the vouchers to the winning crew.

Hauling AUS...

March 10th, 2007. Perth, Australia.

Jay MacFarlane, owner of AUS 012 "Panthera" sent a few shots of his FT10 trucking along at 16+ knots in 25-30 knots of breeze in Perth, Australia.

Enjoy the view and check out the video...


Sails, Sails, Sails, and More Sails...

March 1st, 2007. Planet Earth.


Sailmakers are giving their best shot in dressing the Tiger:

Check our resource pages for updates.


"Anarchy" Rules the First U.S. One Design Regatta

February 17-18th, 2007 - San Diego, CA

The first FT10 One Design Regatta was raced during the SDYC Midwinters in San Diego on February 17-18th, 2007. Four Tigers on the line: USA 8 "Abacus", USA 11 "Anarchy",  USA 19 "Occam's Razor", and USA 9 "Yin". Tom Hirsh of Yin took the first win on saturday's light air race, while the duo Rickard/Tempesta on Anarchy took three straights bullets on sunday and won the series (results). Congratulation to Anarchy and its crew!

Well done San Diego: Fleet #1 is born!

Check here and at Da-Woody's for pictures of the event.

PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM / Dennis St.Onge

A Tiger on the Loose in Durban, South Africa

January 24th, 2007 - Durban, South Africa

Hull #17 has already crossed two Oceans, inside its own container, and made it all the way to Durban, South Africa. Owner Chris Frost, commodore of the RNYC,  is already enjoying his tiger according to this report published by See a whole lot of pictures here.

2007 Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD - March 16-18, 2007

January 17th, 2007 - San Diego, CA

The first FT10M 2007 Sperry Top-sider National Offshore One-Design Regatta is scheduled for March 16-18th, 2007 in San Diego, California. Check out the NOR and other Info at the Sailing World website, and register on-line before march 5th, 2007. The list of participants (including other classes) is available here.

AC China Team Match Racing Flying Tigers

November 24th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China

The America's Cup "China Team" is in Xiamen Match Racing with Flying Tigers. Read the rest of the story in the 32nd America's Cup Website

USA 012 "Panthera" Down Under!

October 25th - Perth, Western Australia

What an apt name for a Tiger! Hull #12 "Panthera" arrived today at Royal Perth Yacht Club. It's the first Flying Tiger in Australia.

The container displayed a big dent, but owner was soon relieved to discover that the boat was not damaged. He's taking good care of his new toy, assembling the boat  and sanding  the antifoul. With a bit of work boat will be ready for the fair summer breezes that are starting to happen now: 35+ knots where reported last weekend. 

Panthera will soon roar the Perth Sport Yachting scene!

USA 008 "Abacus" Reports from the SD to Ensenada

October 9th - San Diego, California

Sailing Anarchy publishes the much awaited report of Abacus from the San Diego to Ensenada race: "Tiger on the Loose" by Tim Chin.

Nominees for 2007 Sailing World Boat of the Year

October 6th - Annapolis, Maryland

Sailing World announced today that the Flying Tiger 10 M is one of the nominees for 2007 Sailing World Boat of the Year.  Read more

USA 008 "Abacus" at the San Diego to Ensenada

October 6th - 7th, 2006 - San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico

The fastest FT 10 in America, San Diego based "Abacus", has entered the San Diego to Ensenada International Yacht Race.  Congratulations to owner Tim Chin and crew that worked hard to have the boat ready for the race.

PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM / Dennis St.Onge

Abacus was delivered in her container on September 28th. After commissioning at King Harbor, CA Abacus ran on her trailer to her home port of San Diego. A group of Sailing Anarchists joined owner and crew to prepare the boat in time for the San Diego Ensenada Race.

With less then 12 days from container to start line, Abacus made a great race, with an elapsed time of 14 hours, correcting 5th on a division of 12 boats and beating much bigger boats to the line . Well done Tim! See full results of Race.
                                                 RESULTS FOR CLASS PHRF-2
START DATE: 10/06/2006                           START TIME: 12:50:00                                    DISTANCE:  62.00
 1    39.00 47774    CADENZA           CARL EICHENLAUB   NM45     SDYC  07/01:55:34  13:05:34  12:25:16   LEAD     
 2    21.00  7391    ECLIPSE           T. & K. BATCHER   CM1200   SWYC  07/01:48:36  12:58:36  12:36:54   0:11:38     
 3    42.00    17    USA 17            ASHDOWN/HARDY     MUMM30   SGYC  07/02:26:50  13:36:50  12:53:26   0:28:10     
 4    15.00 51887    MAGIC             JOHN JOHNSON      BEN477   PLYC  07/02:24:56  13:34:56  13:19:26   0:54:10     
 5    42.00     8    ABACUS            TIMOTHY CHIN      FT10M    SGYC  07/02:55:18  14:05:18  13:21:54   0:56:38     
 6    60.00 28507    BLUE AGAVE        RICHARD HOHOL     BEN407   SWYC  07/03:28:06  14:38:06  13:36:06   1:10:50     
 7    21.00 46307    EL SUENO          BRAD ALBERTS      BEN477   SWYC  07/02:51:03  14:01:03  13:39:21   1:14:05     
 8    36.00 47142    SOONER MAGIC      GARLAND BELL      BEN477   OCBC  07/03:34:42  14:44:42  14:07:30   1:42:14     

Thanks to photographer Dennis "Da-Woody" St. Onge for the first shots of the Flying Tiger 10 M racing in North America.


Price for Hulls 51 to 75

October 2nd, 2006 - San Diego, California.

Hiptrader announced today that "Hulls 51 to 75 will be priced at $49,950 plus $525 for the kevlar jib upgrade. The price for later hulls (beyond #75) is not yet available". As promised  the Tiger remains as affordable as possible without sacrificing quality.

Tiger in America!

September 16th, 2006 - Annapolis, MD

Hull # 6 arrives at Annapolis, unloaded from the container sits comfortably on her AB Trailer. Boat will be commissioned and prepared for the US Boat Show. See more pictures here.


Hull # 7,8, and 9 on their way to U.S.

September 7th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China

Hull #7,8, and 9 have left Xiamen today on their way to Long Beach, California. ETA Sept. 18th.

Round 1 of the China Club Challenge Match in Xiamen

August 27th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China

Shanghay Boat and Yacht Club published this report of the first round of the China Club Challenge Match in Xiamen.

Round 1 of the China Club Challenge Match 2006 was held this weekend in Xiamen, with variable winds, sunny conditions. After the two training sessions organized by our Team Captain and Sailing Secretary Neil Ayre, we were all excited by the prospect of starting into the real event.

Qingdao could not make it for this round, so Iron Rock filled in, and we were 9 teams divided into three groups. The calendar called for three races in each group on the Saturday, a redistribution of the groups according to Saturday's results, and three more races for each group on Sunday.

On Saturday, we raced with the last group, competing against Hong Kong and HangShen, the team from the s, in light, variable winds and a bit of tide. Our first race was not really great, with a good number of mistakes which in these powerful boats translate quickly into broaches and other interesting figures. Thomas slipped on deck and hurt his shoulder. We finished a logical third on the water, with a protest. We made good use of the time before the second race to re-discuss our tactics and team work. As a result, race 2 was better, and we finished a close 2nd to Hong Kong. We started race 3, shortened to one lap, in high spirits. Matthew gave us a very good start, and we went on to win race 3 with a comfortable margin.

Our race 1 protest having been dismissed, this left us with a 3-2-1 result for the day. This meant that we would compete in the second group on Sunday.

Sunday's racing was off the soon-completed marina, with a nice breeze and a strong tide. In our group was Guangzhou and the Xiamen Ladies team. We won race 1 on the last beat, when we managed to stay between the leading boat and the finish line and push them over the layline, before tacking for a last minute win. We then won race 2 convincingly, with a good start and no major mistake. Unfortunately, this was not to last, and a series of hiccups cost us race 3, when we finished 2nd behind Guangzhou, the Ladies having retired.

This day saw us with a 1-1-2 result, and the first place in the second group. Not a bad result for a first round, but we can certainly do better.

Back at the airport after a quick shower and a beer, we had time to reflect on the weekend : lots of fun, nice sailing conditions and a good organisation, exciting brand new boats... What more could we wish for ?

Many thanks to our skipper Matthew for a good job, and to Neil Ayre for organizing the team. Watch this space for the next round's results, and see our gallery [and the gallery of the FT10 Class] for more pictures.

The China Club Challenge Match is organized in Xiamen by the Iron Rock Sailing Club. This competition brings together the best clubs from China, with teams from Xiamen, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai. A one-design race, this is the first event run with the new Flying Tiger 10 Meter sportboats.


Hull #6 Ships to Annapolis

August 15th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China..


The first FT10 to be shipped to the US has left the yard in Xiamen today. The boat has been placed on the travel cradle, heeled 45 degrees and stored inside the container. See the rest of the pictures here.



Report From the China Match Racing Championship

July 26th, 2006 - Xiamen, P. R. China.

The first training session of the China Match Racing Championship started in Xiamen this weekend. This event will be sailed on brand new Flying Tigers 10 meter long 2.5 ton flying machines. A truly international team arrived from SBYC for a bit of a practice with 6.5 members from China, Australia, South Africa, Germany, France and Great Britain for the training session.

Saturday began with light winds of 10 Knots or so and quite enough for these athletic boats. Full main and over 1000Kg on the windward rail was just enough to keep these exciting boats on their feet upwind. Off the wind with large asymmetric code one incredible.. with speeds well in excess of 10 knots. Then the wind picked up and the tide went out. Enough of the practice for one day including a little park "for a rest?" on the way into the marina. These boats draw nearly 3 meters. My story is there was a large dredger coming out.

All the team had an early night (depends how you look at it) in preparation for the first race of the event. La Bamba, Elite and various other infamous 'restaurants' saw some serious Shanghai warming up action in the run up to day two. After a short bus trip from the hotel to the marina the Shanghai team looked in top form like a well oiled machine. Perhaps that was the build up required for the first practice races and the first to be held in anger of the entire event. Shanghai draw boat 2 Hong Kong boat 1.

Day Two Race One
Day two began with light winds then increased to 15-20 Knots for the start against a strong Hong Kong team. 10 minutes of close fought battle led to a peach of a start. Shanghai fell off to windward after the start where she tacked to recover lost ground only to be sat upon by a fast tack from HK. HK miss judged the tide and over laid the windward mark allowing Shanghai to make up the 500 Yards it had lost and got back into the race. Shanghai rounded within feet of the HK transom and after a very fast gybe, launched the Asymmetric Code One. Shanghai went for the leeward mark flat out and in control. A disastrous launch led to a monstrous HK broach, reaching very fast for Taiwan and a retirement after Shanghai came up the beat for round two. Race one to Shanghai.

Day Two Race Two
Wind speed increased some more with the sun burning down. Deck temperature in the high thirties. Hangovers long since sweated away. A heavily biased port line but without a helmsman to risk a port hand start representing the club meant a safe equal start. Shanghai starting ahead but to leeward of a fast moving HK. Then the practice paid off after 15 minutes of the beat Shanghai went for the lay line for the windward mark to cross slightly in front of HK but to windward with no rights. Being set up for a gybe set Shanghai had to cross behind or in front of HK. After a white sail reach Shanghai decided to pass in front . We gybed and crossed HK with loads to spare. (Authors note these boats move very fast so it looked a lot! ) I would love the photograph. A perfect gybe set resulted in Shanghai storming down the run with a lot of boat speed. Three rounds and the lead up wind and down wind was beginning to grow with Shanghai nearly half a leg ahead at the finish.

Well done and thanks to all who went to Xiamen and made this event, even with food poisoning one of the best weekends I have had in China. I and the team can not wait till the next race or training session.

This event can only get better as HK are only one of the eight teams entered. The first round of the series is going to be announced soon. The things we have learnt from the weekend is. We can compete at this level. There is a great pool of sailing talent in SBYC.
What we need is to get a team of 12 people who can commit to winning this event for SBYC. If you enjoy the cut and thrust and have desire to sail fast big boats and play very hard this is the event for you. Committed? Email the Sailing Secretary.

Best Regards Neil

Class Association Website Goes Live!

July 21st, 2006 - The Internet.

The Class Association Website goes on-line today.

Tiger Flies to Annapolis Boat Show

June 10th, 2006 - San Diego, California.

Hiptrader reserved a space for the Flying Tiger 10 M at the United States Boat Show 2006, that will be held in Annapolis Oct. 5-9th, 2006. See you there!

Sea Trial Report

May 10th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China.

Ben Souquet, Boat Engineer at Perry Yacht Designers, sent this report from the sea trials of Hull #1 in Xiamen.

We got 2 days of decent sailing 8-15 kts true wind speed. The crew was composed of Jeff Fisher (yard supervisor,, Bob Pattison (Neil Pride sail), Adam and Gideon Mower (Neil Pride Hong Kong), and Tim Keogh (China Sail Factory), and myself (Robert Perry Yacht Designers). Finally the tiger was in the hands of a decent crew. I suspect if we had a chase boat, the picture would have shown proper trim, crew work and a decent set of sails. Unfortunately it being around May Day, the Chinese took the whole damm week off to celebrate they workers, all 1 billion of them. I swear half of them must have congregated to Xiamen as the streets were bustling with hoards of Chinese tourist.

Deck Gear and stuff from bow to stern

Extends and retracts easily. Currently the extender line is controlled inside the boat on the main bulkhead this will be moved to the cockpit as designed. We ditched the bungee to bring the pole in, as the lip seal creates too much friction. The tack line does the job without a fuss.

Tack Line:
Is currently led directly from the block on the prodder to the clutch on the deckhouse. This is not adequate as the tack line is over a foot above the fore deck, nice trip line. The yard will use 3 harken bullseye fairlead that were supplied.

New pulpit will be built as designed with a U channel fwd to facilitate launching the kite.

Fwd toe rail:
Does the job as intended, will need to be extended aft to meet ORC regulations.

Facnor Furler:
Still not working. The furling drum and stay swivel are mounted. But the halyard swivel needs to be installed prior to at least one of the eyes is swaged to the stay. This sucks because once the halyard swivel is on it can be removed, better hope these thing are solid and trouble free. On other option would be to use a swageless eye at one end of the stay, this would allow for the removal of the swivel from time to time. These do cost more and could be offered as an option, what do you think DA MAN.

Fwd Hatch:
Works well for launching and dousing the kite. Neil Pride will make a spin bag that fits and attaches to the underside of the hatch.

Jib track:
Proper lead, sufficient adjustability. It would be nice to have car controls led back to the cockpit, but cost will not allow for it.

Mast base and halyard blocks: No complaints.

Mast and Rigging:
Some work is still needed in the finalizing rig details such as spreader bases, halyard exits, shroud terminals and the likes. Currently these details look a little agricultural. The Carbon spar sections look good, next batch of spars should be even better as CST composites will be using an exterior mold during the curing process. I have seen samples of the new section and the finish is excellent. We have now decided to go to continuous rigging, and all wire sizes will be the same this is over kill in some area but makes production a breeze. Bend characteristic, and stiffness seem spot on. We will move the halyard exits for main and maybe the jib higher along the mast.

Line will terminate at the mast base an easy reach for the fwd crewmember on the rail. Just need to add small cam on lower fiddle block.

A Vang-Master boom vang was provided but not fitted. The Harken purchase from the Vang-Master used as the vang, reducing the 12:1 purchase supplied to a 6:1. This was not sufficient. Current thinking is to ditch the Vang-Master (to expensive and over kill), and use either a boomkicker, or just a soft vang. We will add a cascade to the vang, and lead it to camcleats on either side of the house aft.

Pit area:
The small 16 harken winches are sufficient for halyards and reef line, you will never use them for the spin sheets the way the deck is set up. Spinlock clutches work well.

Engine hatch:
The engine lift system work well, we can even dead bolt the lift system when under sail ensuring the thing won’t slide down each time you launch off a wave. Having the hatch open when under power does not allow sufficient air at higher revs. A blower will be incorporated to alleviate to problem. Bottom hull fairing was not installed; anyone’s guess on how much speed is lost because of the opening. Downwind the slosh coming from the engine hatch was a bitch, and I recon it was worth a few tenth of a knot.

It was felt during our sail that self-tailing winches were not needed. We hardly needed more that 2 turn with the winch handle to have the jib properly trimmed coming out of a tack. We can add a cam cleat at the cockpit edge to take care of the sheet. This is still open to discussion, though I think Bill might make up his mind quickly when comparing prices of both winches. Jib and Spinnaker cross sheeting works like a charm.

Mainsheet System:
The Sheet need to be led fwd of the track to a fixed swivel base, this will be incorporated. Our thinking at the time was with such a short track the lead change from when the traveler is up or down would not change much, and it would be easy to trip and untrip the sheet from the cleat. This is however not the case and as is, owner would have a hard time recruiting main trimmer as it is a full body workout to trim.
Bob proposed that the traveler line be lead directly to cleat at the cockpit edge. We will not incorporate this as it may interfere with the mainsheet. SS chafe plates to be added to cockpit edge for the traveler and backstay lines.

One the current boat this was not led fwd. The design calls for an 8:1 purchase, with a single cascading floating block on the cockpit sole. One could then add marks to the sole to check backstay tension.
Tiller: The tiller was shortened compared to our drawings. This is partially the cause for the added helm pressure. We will extend it so that it is 10” aft of the main traveler. Tiller extension will be shortened, and end will be a SS Ladder type, not a hook as built. We almost hooked that thing to the lifelines a few times.

Cockpit foot blocks:
These were OK, could have been a wee bit inboard but they work in conjunction with the lifeline sag, both uppers and lowers. What I mean by this is that the distance from the foot blocks to the cockpit edge is good but the lifelines don’t permit one to sit all the way out. The helms person ended up sitting with his head outside the upper lifeline line when beating upwind. Having a longer tiller should help as the helmsman will be sitting where intended and have more deck width to scoot outboard.

Height of lower lifeline seemed ok, it just needs adjustable, with spectra line. This might have to be done by each owner, as there might be liability issues with us supplying it that way. We will insure it is an easy modification. The boat was not equipped with aft lifelines at the transom, we will weld eyes to the aft pulpits, but our thinking is owners will need to supply there own aft lines.

currently it is led fwd thru the mast. It is a bitch to pull and cleat. Next version the outhaul will exit under the boom as initially planned.

The interior is what you would expect of a Perry boat, large galley and comfortable berths and settees. No really but it works as intended. The aft berths are lower than I would like but will do and allows for easy access aft.
The finish as expected is good; all interior components were bonded to the hull and deck with plexus adhesive. This shows the yard is able to keep within tight tolerances, as these interior components need to fit perfectly to allow a proper bond. Didn’t get to use the head so will not comment.

The boat felt solid, Bob and I actually did a deflection test, cranked on the backstay with a taught line attached between the fwd to aft pulpit. We saw no deflection whatsoever.
I now understand why all these production sports boats have inboard support legs welded to the stanchion. We noted some deflection in the deck at the stanchion bases. We are coming up with a clean fix using G10 insert rods that are bonded to the hull and deck inside. As you have herd from Bob we did have failure. The Rudder Cassette bit the dust. Aft further examination the main culprit was a bad weld. The Chinese have a love affaire with shiny polished stainless steel it’s everywhere. But they have a tendency to over grind and polish their weld to the point that there is no weld material left. I have been working this week on a new rudder and cassette system that will not require any fancy china welds.

Sailing the Ft10:
All the sailing was done in the port of Xiamen shipping channel, dogging all types of vessels left and right. Wind speeds in the afternoon were 8 to 15kts both days. One would have hoped we could have sailed the boat in more open water but that would have been at least 12 miles up the estuary, against some nasty current (14ft tides). We did however manage to stay out of the way of the ships zeroing in on us trying to get a closer look at cool looking Chinese boat with a bunch of crazy white guys on board.
Upwind as expected the boat feels somewhat tender, the low form stability of the hull and large upwind sail area (sa/displ. of 32) are the main culprits. Crew weight placement is crucial; even one guy off the rail makes a big difference. The large cockpit and cross sheeting arrangement will greatly help getting the crew out to the rail. Boat speed upwind was in the upper 6kts up to 7kts. Though the instruments still need some calibration and are probably overestimating our velocity slightly, though might make up for not having the engine recess fairing fitted. Tacking is a breeze, we were coming out of the tacks with good speed, but still needed to foot off some to get back up to our target and get the keel working. It is easy to over trim the main, even in light conditions when the boat helm feel good but the boat is not up to speed, we would just crack off on the mainsheet and just take off. Think twist.
The boat is fully powered up in 12kts. This is where a good physical Main trimmer makes all the difference. He will be working the sheet, traveler, and backstay constantly. Good communication between driver and mainsheet trimmer is important, with one guy on the rail calling out puffs. But you guys know all this already, being sports boat experts and all. Helm balance was a bit too neutral to my liking but this should be rectified with a bit larger roach, and a little more rake.

Off the wind is where the fun begins. The boat is responsive and light. Could have used a bit more sail area in the kite in the 10 to 15kts of breeze, as proposed by Bob. The boat jibes like any sport boat. We tried both inside and outer jibs and both worked smoothly.
Max. speed on the speedo was 10.5kts. At speed the bow seemed to lift nicely, Hard to tell hanging from the side.
That is it for know, If I think of any thing else you’ll be the first to know.

Ben Souquet, B. Eng.
Perry Yacht Designers

HipTrader and Yard Committed to Keep the Tiger affordable

April 19th, 2006 - San Diego, California.

Bill Stevens has just renewed the commitment of HipTrader and of the Yard in Xiamen to keep the Tiger affordable.

"I have received many calls from depositors asking what the price will be in the 2nd group. We sat with our partners in china and discussed this at great length. None of the group wants to increase the price. Our commitment is to keep this as affordable as possible without sacrificing quality. We are committed to this. From all of us involved, this project has become far more important than just a boat building project. Nuff Said."

The Tiger is Flying

April 15th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China.

FT10 Hull #1 was rigged  today and sailed for its first sea trial on the inner harbor of Xiamen, China. Flat sea, 5-10 knots of wind, Jeff at the helm, and a crew of 5 from the yard. The boat looks great and sailed effortlessly on the flat water.

According to Bob Pattison, the Neil pride agent that is working on the sails, there are still a number of details that need to be sorted out, but the builder wanted to have a first impression by sailing the boat.

Here are his comments: "Roach: The masthead crane grew some between design of sails and building of mast. The roach amount now exceeds ‘PHRF’ limits, but we will push it out further for a more elliptical plan-form. I’ll optimize it while in China in a two weeks time.

Ugly wrinkles in main: Missing Battens! Apparently miss-placed at the factory. Jeff thinks they will turn up before the next outing. (jib was missing it’s battens as well)

Rake/Forestay length. I thought the mast was a bit upright as well, which might explain why the jib luff is ‘long’. Rake / Helm will get sorted out as we sail the boat some, and more so as owners start to press the boat and find out what combinations make it fly. I also expected the jib clew to be a bit lower, but this could be explained by lack of rake as well.

Windows: This is a custom window fabric of ours. Gold tinted optic X-ply material, somewhat like the old Vaurne (sp?) sunglasses in look. (Probably looks better on our Carbon sails..)

Sail Logo: This was the first one and as with the roach it changed after shipping the sail. I plan to take a new one along and fit to this sail. It is bolder and of different style.

Mainsail Battens / Draftstripes: These are parallel to one another and to the foot of the sail, more or less. Panel layout (cross-cut) is optimized for leech loads. Heads and clews have radial 2-plies for load distribution.
Main is loose foot with Velcro/web band at clew.

Everyone is pretty bubbly right now."


April 14th, 2006 - Xiamen, P. R. China.

Hull #1 was splashed today in the inner harbor of Xiamen. See Pictures.

The Tiger is Out of the Bag...

March 28th, 2006 - The Yard at Xiamen, P. R. China.

Bill, Brian and anarchist TVHSD (the buyer of two of the first hulls in San Diego, #9 and #11) are at the yard to oversee the commissioning of  Hull #1.

Here is TVHSD first impression on the FT10: "It really is a good looking boat. The pictures don't do it justice. The house is very easy to see over and around and the cockpit is perfect for the purpose. The side decks are wide and comfortable. I don't see how anyone could be unhappy with the quality of any aspect of this build. The pieces are light and solid. We are going to have a whole lotta fun with these tigers."

According to TVHSD's trip notes even the Red Army loves the boat: "my son and I unknowingly took a picture of a Red Army base this morning after which we and the camera were detained for about an hour. Several layers of authorities were impressed with the Tiger photos as well. We had to delete the base shot but kept the rest."

What's the fuzz all about?

March, 2006 - The Internet

We've been asked why there's all this excitement going on with the FT10. Here's an attempt, from sailing anarchist DMM, to describe what makes the FT10 special.

There are two things that are "special" about the Flying Tiger 10 M. One is the price... $44,550 with sails (kevlar Maxx jib, dacron main and spinnaker), rig, and deck hardware including roller furling. You have to add a motor and maybe a trailer, and pay shipping, and do some assembly. Figure its at your dock all set for the first sail for $55-60,000, plus trailer.

What you get for this remarkably low price is a fully modern new boat designed by one of the most experienced boat designers in the world, developed by one of the most experienced developers in the world, and built by a yard that has built some extraordinarily fine yachts in the past.

Here's the specs you asked for, and a good deal more: and no, if you're looking for something truly remarkable in the specs, you won't find it. Its pretty much mid-modern-tech. Its certainly possible to build a faster 32-foot sport boat; lighter, higher SA/disp ratio, deeper bulb, higher form stability, etc. But not within the price range of the merely affluent.

Its a sport boat, not a racer-cruiser. What you do NOT get is a boat with much in the way of cruising amenities... it is built for racing and for speed. Somewhere else on the forum (about 50 topics down on the home page: 'flying tiger ploars") there is a calculated (not yet confirmed) polar diagram that pretty much says it all... more speed than you can get anywhere else in a keel boat configuration for even close to this kind of money.

What you also get is an OD Class that, despite a good deal of contention, has articulated and demonstrated a clear intention to keep the annual racing costs at even the top level under $10,000 (not counting travel). Granted the class is still just a plan-in-the-making, and there is still a lot that could go wring with it, but interest is strong, the issues have been identified, and progress has been steady.

The other "special" thing about the FT is the way interested parties (the Forum groupies) have been kept involved and more-or-less informed about many aspects of the project from the very start [through the FT10 Forum at Sailing anarchy]. Potential owners were kibitzing before the design had gotten past the sketch stage. There was, for instance, a very emotional argument over the shape of the deck-house windows. Their vote to go with a carbon mast was honored and incorporated. So, for those who have been in this for a while, its special to see it in the water, sailing on its lines. Kind of like when your new-born has the right number of fingers and toes.

You can put down a fully-refundable non-binding $1000 deposit on hull number 80-something at this point. That would probably get you a boat deliverred in Spring or Summer of 2007. Don't wait too long... you could end up with hull #150.


Sailing Anarchist DMM
Duluth, Minnesota






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