Anarchy wins Hot Rum Series
December 3rd, 2007 -
San Diego, California
USA 11 "Anarchy" won
Division 2 of the popular Hot Rum Series hosted by
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.
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
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.
two races Anarchy is in the lead of the 39 boats Division 2 followed by
Elusive in second place.
PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM
November 11th, 2007 -
West Sound, Washington.
|Chris Winnard with the
flamboyant USA 22 "Tigger: Dangerous When Striped" won a very
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
October 18th, 2007 -
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
Here are the known specs and a few pics
(courtesy of Sailing Anarchy):
||6' and 5'
||380 Sq. Ft.
October 16th, 2007 -
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:
October 11th, 2007 -
Here is a photo report from the 2007 San
Diego to Ensenada weekend. Names and locations withhold for obvious
What a weekend we get there
in 6hrs and 45mts, we sail, eat, sleep,party, sail, eat, sleep,
party......... Life is good!
October 6th, 2007 -
Official results are not out yet, but it
appears that USA-24 "Elusive" owned by John Paquin took the
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
RESULTS FOR CLASS PHRF-2
START DATE: 10/05/2007 START TIME: 11:50:00 DISTANCE: 62.00
PLC HCAP SAIL# BOAT SKIPPER TYPE CLUB FINISH ELAPSED CORRECTED MARGIN
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
3 18.00 104 NEMESIS GEOFF LONGENECKER MEL30M SWYC 05/18:07:54 6:17:54
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
DNS 87.00 46592 WINDROWER T & ME YBARROLA SCHU28 SWYC
7 POINTS AWARDED FOR DNC, DND, DNS, PMS, DSQ, DNF, RET.
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."
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
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
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.
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.
www.mbyc.bc.ca Great boat!.
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 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
John van den Hengel anf Andreas Berglund
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
August 19th, 2007 - San
Francisco, CA - USA
A few shots, courtesy of
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...
August 15th, 2007 - Undisclosed
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:
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
Some thoughts (sorry if some of them are too obvious or
- 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.
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,
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".
August 5th, 2007 - Santa
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
July 27th, 2007 - Whidbey
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
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
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
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
9.0 6.0 53.0
8 P1 Synge Synergy 1000 1003 Mike Amirault 48 11.0 10.0
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
9.0 11.0 5.0 11.0 71.0
11 P1 Eye Eye J-90 3 David Cohen 54 6.0 11.0
9.0 11.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 72.0
Photos by: Pacific Fog - Sean Trew
July 24th, 2007 - Whidbey
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:
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
July 15th, 2007 - Whidbey
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.
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.
view and check out the
March 1st, 2007. Planet Earth.
February 17-18th, 2007 - San Diego,
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!
here and at
Da-Woody's for pictures of the event.
PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM
/ Dennis St.Onge
January 24th, 2007 - Durban,
||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 SailingCentral.net. See a whole lot of
January 17th, 2007 - San Diego,
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
AC China Team Match Racing Flying Tigers
November 24th, 2006 - Xiamen,
The America's Cup "China Team" is in Xiamen
Match Racing with Flying Tigers. Read the rest of the story in the 32nd
October 25th - Perth, Western
|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
Panthera will soon roar the Perth Sport
October 9th - San Diego,
Sailing Anarchy publishes the much awaited report of Abacus from the San
Diego to Ensenada race:
"Tiger on the Loose" by Tim Chin.
October 6th - Annapolis,
Sailing World announced today that the Flying
Tiger 10 M is one of the nominees for 2007 Sailing World Boat of the Year.
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
PLC HCAP SAIL# BOAT SKIPPER TYPE CLUB FINISH ELAPSED CORRECTED MARGIN
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
shots of the Flying Tiger 10 M racing in North America.
October 2nd, 2006 - San Diego, California.
Hiptrader announced today
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
September 16th, 2006 - Annapolis, MD
# 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
2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China
Hull #7,8, and 9 have left Xiamen today on their way to Long Beach,
California. ETA Sept. 18th.
2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China
Shanghay Boat and Yacht Club
published this report of the first round of the China Club Challenge Match
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.
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'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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Best Regards Neil
21st, 2006 - The Internet.
The Class Association Website goes on-line today.
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!
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.
got 2 days of decent sailing 8-15 kts true wind speed. The crew was
composed of Jeff Fisher (yard supervisor, Hiptrader.com), 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Perry Yacht Designers
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."
April 15th, 2006 - Xiamen, P.R. China.
FT10 Hull #1 was rigged today and
sailed for its
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
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
March 28th, 2006 - The Yard at Xiamen, P.
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
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
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."
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
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