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Tiger Cub Hits San Diego Shores   

December 22nd, 2008 - San Diego, California

About two years after the launch of the FT10, her smaller brother the FT7.5 hits the shores of San Diego for preliminary tests of Hull #2. The boat will be tested in San Diego and then raced in the Southern Florida Circuit, including Key West 2009.

Sailing Anarchist "Movable Ballast" wrote this report:

First impressions

Firstly I would like to thank Bob, Bill and Brian for giving us this opportunity to sail a new design. Also thanks to Tom for providing the pacing FT10m.

At the dock she looked great. The finish is great, Brian's hand in the final QC stages shows as the improved interior finish is well on par with later FT10s. The fit of the hatch and the very cool center storage locker is excellent, the rubber seals provide a quality feel when closed and the flush latches worked well. The cockpit is, well, huge! Lots of room many more than it takes to sail her. This makes a day sail with family and friends more enjoyable. The cabin space is better than I thought it would be and is your typical pup tent / sail storage space.
The mast base is busy making hatch removal (lift and slide to the left) a bit of a bother and probably not usable under way for a splash cover. Many of the lines were longer than they needed to be which is understandable for a testing hull and the jib sheet cam cleat slipped a bit, but with our local Harken rep on hand there were many easy solutions and this will be fixed for production models. The solution I liked the best was to splice an eye in the jib halyard to attach a 4:1 cascade for easy adjustment under way however this is not supposed to be a tweakers boat. Calibrated turnbuckles make rig tune a breeze. The big twin spreader carbon with steeply swept spreaders is all business and beefy for this size boat. Rake adjustment is possible with a well designed deck stepped mast base. Rigging was easy with sails going up in minutes.

Having sailed an FT10m all of this one design season I am familiar with its sailing characteristics and can only say the FT7.5 is an improvement for the average sailor (like me). In really good hands the FT10 is very fast upwind but the helm is vague and almost too neutral requiring one to push and pull the tiller uphill with little or no feel. The 7.5 helm was very well balanced with no slop and the slightest hint of weather helm for feel. In a puff the helm held in place without having to man handle it, a quick ease of the sheets, move some bodies around and she squirted out of a puff like a pinched watermelon seed. She is a “legs out” boat but is much stiffer and less powered up than the FT10 so no dead possums need to be raked over the single CG legal line. Crew position is very important some of the photos show the young guys all bunched up over the keel. This gives the boat a slight bow down look but proved to be faster than the alternatives we older guys tried.
Our sail handling was not quite as crisp as the young guys and launching out of the companion way turtle is something I haven’t done since J22 / J24 days. The problem is the chute is so big you can’t just bundle it up and toss it out the side of the boat the way we used to do in the J boats.
The goal is to launch and retrieve without anyone going forward of the mast, this will take some practice… My jury is still out on the turtle. I may just like to dump the chute in the hole. Jibing is a breeze with no drama.

Up wind in the real light stuff the 7.5 was more affected by the chop than the larger (2x displacement) FT10 but once we turned the corner the FT7.5 could stay with and at times grind down the big boat. As the wind built however the FT10m got on her lines and took off and the boats started to behave as they should relative to the size of each boat. The 7.5 was quite a bit slower upwind (as expected) but only marginally slower down wind and a pleasant surprise.
I think the rig is swept enough to carry more head sail maybe up to a 115% jib (like the Melges 24) in stead of the current 100% jib. This would help her upwind speed.

What’s it rate…

When selecting a rating one must keep in mind that the comparable boats have been optimized through battle so ratings for the FT7.5 should start conservative and be reviewed at six month intervals. The ratings described are my opinions for San Diego (light air) only.

Buoy rating: 87,
33 seconds slower than the FT10 and 3 seconds slower than the M24, the smaller headsail than the M24 leaves her gasping a bit in the light compared to the M24. She is stiffer than the M24 making her a bit sticky in the light. As the wind builds her stiffness will help but without hiking straps the Melgi will hold her own. Off wind she will be a bit faster.

RLC rating: 62.
2 seconds slower than the M24 and 14 seconds slower than the FT10, she does not jib reach well (that little jib again).

OWC rating: 54:
12 seconds slower than the FT10 and equal to the M24. Off wind the FT7.5 pretty fast without the upwind penalty she can close the gap on the FT10 and if sailed well be dead on competitive with the M24.

Once again many thanks to the guys at Hipptrader and Harbour sailboats. This is a great little boat. In this economy the low cost of keeping the boat should prove to be a winner.

Check out this video at Norcal Sailing and their Special Report.

For more info on the FT7.5 please check HipTrader's website.

FT7.5 and FT10 comparative tests on San Diego's waters (Photo Credit: Sailing Anarchy Forum)

 


Fleet One 2008 Champions: 33 and 10   

December 24th, 2008 - Southern California

After one year of close racing with more then a dozen FT10s competing in OD configuration, Southern California Fleet One has selected its two 2008 Champions: Philip and Payson Infelise took the  Southern California Championship Series, while Tom Hirsh won the San Diego Championship Series. Congratulations to all the racers for a great season of sailing!

 

Fleet One (Southern California Championship Series)
  1. USA 33 Payson and Phillip Infelise
  2. USA 10 Tom Hirsh
  3. USA 24 John Paquin

 

Fleet One (San Diego Championship Series)
  1. USA 10 Tom Hirsh
  2. USA 11 Scot Tempesta and John Rickard
  3. USA 54 Paul and Julie McPherson

 

Fleet One is already preparing the 2009 Racing Schedule

For more info on Fleet One Activities, check out the Southern California Fleet One web page.

 


Zeilen Digs the Tiger  

November 26th, 2008 - The Netherlands

The Novenber 2008 issue of the Dutch sailing magazine Zeilen had a 5 page test review on the FT10M. Zeilen is well known  in The Netherlands as an independent and unbiased sailing magazine.

The following is the translation of some excerpts from the review.

"After a day sailing we did not find any sign of saving on quality and equipment. The only cost saving decision Bob Perry should not have made was to use wire rigging in combination with the carbon mast. The couple thousand euro's extra for rod rigging would have been positive towards the characteristics of the carbon mast.

We have never seen a round the cans racer of these dimensions for 60k Euro. And if you consider that for your money you get sails, a carbon mast , hull and boom , you have to wonder why the rest of the yachting market is so expensive."

Zeilen describes the FT10M as a yacht made for "Weekend Warriors" ... Not a bad name for a Tiger, huh?

The scoring is impressive:
 

Design
Sailing characteristics
Sailing comfort
Cockpit ergonomy
Ease of use
Standing rig
Running rig
Quality of sails
Hardware
Rudder construction and effect
Interior
Interior build quality
galley
sleeping accomodation
toilet/shower
storage
positioning of tank(s) / accu(s)
motor (way it's built in )
motoring characteristics
ventilation
technical installation
Drainage (Bilges)
Keel construction
Price / quality
8/10
9/10
N/A
5/10
8/10
7/10
9/10
8/10
8/10
8/10
7/10
6/7
5/10
5/10
N/A
6/10
6/10
7/10
7/10
5/10
N/A
5/10
9/10
8/10

 


Extreme Fun in the Netherlands  

November 21th, 2008 - The Hague, The Netherlands


Hairy Conditions 'Round the County  

November 11th, 2008 - Orcas Island, Washington

Winds in excess of 30 knots made up for some heavy air sailing during the classic Round the County hosted by the Orcas Island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing Club in the Orcas Island, Washington. CAN 31 - "My Tai" was one of the few hoisting a spinnaker in heavy air and rough sea. The sequence below shows that it must have been fun while it lasted...

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2008 Eastern US Championship  

November 13th, 2008 - Pensacola, Florida

From Sailing Anarchy
Tiger Migration

What do you do when you own an FT10 and the weather starts to get cold?  Frostbiting?  Hell no, you go South!  After all, you bought a boat you can haul around easily and put together in a few hours.  Pensacola Yacht Club provided just the climate to see the nomadic Tigers congregate; warm weather, sun, wind, and a drink called the Bushwacker  that I am told is indigenous to this part of Florida and invented on Pensacola Beach.  Whatever its name means, the drink lived up to it.

This event was the Fleet Two (East of the Mississippi, South of the North Pole, with the annex of the nation of Texas) Championships.  It was great to see six Tigers get together, if a little bittersweet since that's only half of Fleet 2.  Everybody knows the economy is in the crapper, and personally seeing six boats come in from Chicago, Detroit, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Atlanta tells me that this group of sailors is committed to the core. 

When we showed up Friday to splash the boat, we were a bit worried about the weather -  Toy Tiger, Viper, and 007 all went out to practice and tune up with storms popping up around us on a gray, wet, and cool afternoon.  Not to worry; after what seemed to be just a few bushwackers, we were getting ready for Saturday's first race.  The wind started at around 8 knots but built to 14 quickly.  We got in 3 races Saturday with plenty of small shifts to make flat-water sailing in the sun a total blast.  Other than Tin Man (#41) nailing 3 bullets, the fleet had a good mix of finishes, with close scores.

Sunday started with much the same wind, but with a predominantly left-shifting breeze and cooler (50s-60s) temps.  Sadly, only two races and back to the dock.  Tin Man (41) had a great regatta with all 1s and one 3rd  and the other spots were close with 007 and Viper(60) coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. 

Pensacola Yachtie Club did a nice job bringing in a bunch of non local, outlaw Tiger guys, and then sending them out with the dinghy fleets, and everyone came away happy.  It's a great fleet with fun people in it, and everyone enjoyed the weekend, though most also realized that a three-day championship is a must – and talks are already underway for next year.  After two regattas in Pensacola, some of the Tigers have returned to their home ranges, but a few decided to inhabit the home of the Bushwacker for a little longer.

The next time these cats will be together will be in St Pete in February, to build on the great 8-boat racing there last year.  Rumor has it that a little tiger cub is on the way, and may be bouncing around playfully watching its elders during the FT-10 action on Tampa Bay.  See you there.  

Marc Crutcher

Event's Pictures

 


Balmain Tiger Still in The Lead in Super 30 Short Series  

November 6th, 2008 - Sydney, Australia

AUS 66 - Balmain Tiger is leading the Super 30 Sport Boat fleet in Sydney while entering the next race of the SASC Sports Boat Short Series on November 15th. Flying Tigers are already a fixture of the Sydney Harbor scene with the 15 boats strong Fleet #3, New South Wales. Enjoy a few pictures of FT10s taken from s/v Youngstar that is currently second in the Super 30 Short Series.

In the meanwhile AUS74 - Sabre took his first bullet in 7th race of the parallel Super 30 Main Series.

Series Scores updated on :  03/11/2008  10:21:26

SERIES RESULTS

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)

Series Results [SUPER 30 PHS] up to Race 4 (Drops = 0)
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   AUS66 BALMAIN TIGER Brian Wood 16.00 5.00 4.00 6.00 1.00
2   840 YOUNGSTAR Garry Corstaphan 19.00 12.00 2.00 2.00 3.00
3   6045 VERY TASTY Chris Sligar 22.00 2.00 1.00 17.00C 2.00
4   8005 MERLIN John Lehmann 25.00 3.00 17.00C 1.00 4.00
5   AUS79 FLYING BRANDY Marco Tapia 30.00 6.00 5.00 11.00F 8.00
6   AUS77 SHERE KHAN Rod Gibbs 35.00 11.00 6.00 8.00 10.00
7   6544 JET Justin Graham 36.00 14.00F 11.00F 5.00 6.00
8   7007 ZIP Bruce Hollis 41.00 18.00C 3.00 3.00 17.00L
9 7.0S 6227 DIANA Shaun Trumbull 42.00 7.00 7.00 17.00C 11.00
10   AUS82 TIGGER Robert Breit 42.00 8.00 8.00 9.00 17.00L
11 7.0S 6444 QUICKIE Stuart Muirhead 46.00 18.00C 17.00C 4.00 7.00
12   6311 ZIPPIER Andrew Waugh 46.00 4.00 11.00Q 17.00C 14.00C
13   M30/150 CLANDESTINE Doug Cameron 48.00 9.00 17.00C 17.00C 5.00
14   8383 KRAKATOA Don Young 49.00 1.00 17.00C 17.00C 14.00C
15   AUS74 SABRE Stuart Birdsall 51.00 18.00C 17.00C 7.00 9.00
16   6512 MARTINI David Stitz 61.00 10.00 17.00C 17.00C 17.00L
17   AUS1 MAT-TE-WAN-YE Peter/Peter Girdis/H 72.00 18.00C 18.00L 18.00L 18.00L

Balmain Regatta: Tigers Are in Town  

October  17th, 2008 - Balmain, NSW - Australia

The name “Tigers” is almost synonymous with Balmain and on Sunday Oct 26 with the 156th Anniversary of the first Balmain Regatta, in conjunction with the Back to Balmain festivities, a new team of Tigers will be coming . This time the Tigers, well Flying Tigers, will be coming across the water.

The 2008 Balmain Regatta will be hosting sailing boat classes ranging from Historic Skiffs to the most modern Sports Yachts. The Regatta committee has invited the Flying Tiger “FT10” Class Association to participate with its own One Design start at 11.00 am for a race from Balmain to Shark Island in the main harbour and return. Look out for the Tigers when they return to Balmain around 1.30 with their large Red Spinnakers flying before the NE breeze and showing off their Tiger Logos.

The Flying Tigers are a 10 Metre Sports Yacht, including many of the features of the smaller fast sports skiffs and sports boats that are regularly seen around Balmain, including a rather large bright red spinnaker which is carried from a 2 Metre protruding Bow Sprit. The big difference is that the FT10 is a yacht and so has many creature features including room for 10 crew up top and a basic level of accommodation down stairs. The FT10 is the fastest growing class of Yacht in Sydney with the Fleet growing from 1 boat in October 2007 to 15 Boats either sailing or on the way in October 2008. There are already 3 FT10’s sailing in the Drummoyne /Balmain racing fleets and look out for another 3 over the next few months.

If you are interested in boats ranging from historic to modern , and who isn’t, why not make your way to Balmain Sailing club or White Horse Point at Elkington Park to join in the Back to Balmain festivities and enjoy what should be a great spectacle.

Trucking in Toronto  

October  5th, 2008 - Toronto, Ontario - Canada

A short video of an FT10 surfing in the mid teens in the waters of Toronto, Canada.


4th China Club Challenge Match kicks off  

September 30th, 2008 - Xiamen, P.R.China

From Sailing Anarchy Forum

The China Club Challenge Match (CCCM) elimination series was held during the Chinese National Day Holiday in Xiamen. Ten teams attended the event which was the first part of the process to select a challenger to meet current holders, Hansheng.

On the China Cup website they claim that their event is like the America’s Cup- wrong! Theirs is only fleet racing. The CCCM however consists of 2 fleet racing ‘Acts’ which whittled the 10 teams to 6 and then 3. The three finalists will be back in November for a round robin match racing ‘Act’ followed by the final against Hansheng.

Sailing for non-vocational sailors is relatively young in China and in big boats even younger but the racing in Flying Tiger 10’s lent by local owners (Xiamen has a fleet of 10) was fiercely competitive with the on the water umpires having some busy days with the red flag much in evidence but with a strong pre-race briefing by the PRO and umpire about avoiding contact meant there was only few minor actual contacts that were more in the touch category than actual collisions.

For those who haven’t sailed in Xiamen, and I would imagine that is most of Anarchy’s readers, the area usually delivers up champagne sailing, bright skies, good breeze with a big sea breeze effect almost guaranteed, no heavy sailing jackets and a good strong, but not crazy, tide for good measure.

During the week this tide was to catch many out resulting in frequent late tacks when approaching the weather mark and more than one or two 360’s with two teams attempting to sail off with the mark when they hooked the mooring line with their rudder. The FT10’s lifting rudder however meant they didn’t become a permanent fixing.

The teams were split into 2 flights of 5 with the top 3 from each after 7 races progressing to a second series of 6 races. This meant, including a practice race for each flight, that over the 5 days of competition that the race committee got 22 races off.

The PRO was Olympic experienced, and umpires followed the fleet through every race avoiding what could have been long evenings in the ‘room’.

On day one I raised the red flag 10 times which although out of 6 races wasn’t excessive. Day 2 briefing involved a ‘talking to’ about the rules especially around the committee boat end of the start line and the umpires had much less trade for the next couple of days of ‘Act 1’.

The first flight appeared to be more competitive with, at times, photos of the fleet approaching the finish line being mistaken for those of them approaching the start line and time differences of under 2 minutes from first to last boat not being uncommon.

So this was proved when in Act 2, the top three boats in the competition ALL came from that first flight.

The wind was very soft in the first race of the second act resulting in 3 boats scoring a fleet +1 for being outside the time limit. This left the fancied team from Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club (SBYC) with it all to do. Their neighbours, Shanghai Saimeng Water Sports Club (SSWSC) sailed consistently well, especially in a straight line and were only let down by the corners. Local team, Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan SC (XWYWSC) generally did both the straight line bit and the corners well.

They did have one aberration though. At one top mark they tacked far too close to SSWSC causing a large course alteration by the later to avoid contact. They spun into their penalty right after the mark, resulting in boats having to go this way and that to avoid them turning their 720 into a 1440 – you don’t see them very often.

Halfway through the act SBYC seemed to change gear – or tactician or something and finished the series with 2 bullets pulling them right through the fleet to finish just behind the local team.

Final scores were ;
Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Sailing Club 8
Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club 10
Shanghai Saimeng Water Sports Club 18

That means these three teams will be back in November to do battle for the right to challenge Hansheng Yachts, the works team if you like, for the 2008 China Club Challenge Match. e premiers instead

ShanghaiSailor

'4th China Club Challenge Match - reach out and touch, close downwind action'    Alistair Skinner   


Little Ensenada Race: FT10 1st, 2nd Overall 

October 4th, 2008 - Ensenada, Mexico

USA 62  "Jelani" and 2008 PCC Champion USA 33 "Mile High Klub" took 1st and 2nd overall on corrected time in the 93-boats 2008 San Diego to Ensenada International Yacht Race hosted by Southwestern Yacht Club. Four FT10s got the first four spots in the 33-boats PHRF-3 division that saw 8 FT10s on the starting line. Another FT10, USA 19 "Occam's Razor" was the first boat to finish in 8:33 but was OCSd and penalized one hour. Well done Tigers!  

 RESULTS FOR CLASS PHRF-3
START DATE: 10/03/2008 START TIME: 11:40:00 DISTANCE: 62.00
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PLC HCAP SAIL# BOAT SKIPPER TYPE CLUB FINISH ELAPSED CORRECTED MARGIN
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1 42.00 62 JELANI CLIVE DAEM FT10 SGYC 03/20:21:47 8:41:47 7:58:23 LEAD
2 42.00 33 MILE HIGH CLUB P & P INFELISE FT10 ABYC 03/20:27:53 8:47:53 8:04:29 0:06:06
3 42.00 11 ANARCHY TEMPESTA/RICKARD FT10 SDYC 03/20:34:09 8:54:09 8:10:45 0:12:22
4 42.00 10 HARBOR SAILBOATS TOM HIRSH FT10 SWYC 03/20:34:31 8:54:31 8:11:07 0:12:44

5 9.00 7447 BIEN ROULEE GLENN HIGHLAND CUSTOM BYC 03/20:02:19 8:22:19 8:13:01 0:14:38
6 45.00 46830 SUPER FLY ERIC ROGERS CHE30 SDYC 03/20:39:51 8:59:51 8:13:21 0:14:58
7 84.00 631 STRAIGHT EDGE MARK MITCHELL J-105 SWYC 03/21:21:22 9:41:22 8:14:34 0:16:11
8 42.00 24 ELUSIVE JOHN PAQUIN FT10 CYC 03/20:40:14 9:00:14 8:16:50 0:18:27
9 42.00 8 ABACUS TIMOTHY CHIN FT10 SGYC 03/20:42:22 9:02:22 8:18:58 0:20:35

10 18.00 104 NEMESIS GEOFF LONGENECKER MEL30M SWYC 03/20:20:07 8:40:07 8:21:31 0:23:08
35 POINTS AWARDED FOR DNC, DND, DNS, PMS, DSQ, DNF, RET. OCS - 60 MINUTE PENALTY ADDED TO CORRECTED TIME
=========================================================================================================================
 

Ensenada 2

Start of PHRF Class 3, with 8 FT10s on the line
Photo Credit:
Jack Ferguson

 


FT 7.5 Hits The Water 

October 1st, 2008 - Xiamen, P.R. China

Two years after the launch of the FT10 her little sister, the Flying Tiger 7.5 Meter, was launched today in China. Designed with the characteristic look of Bob Perry's Flying Tiger Family, the FT 7.5 sports an aggressive after chine at the waterline, unstayed carbon mast and boom, carbon rudder and a square top high tech main. The huge asymmetrical spinnaker has a size of about 800 square feet.
Photo Credit: Sailing Anarchy Forum

Balmain Tiger Off to a Good Start on SASC Super 30 Series 

September 20th, 2008 - Sydney, Australia

Tigers have continued their dominance of the Australian Sports Boat Racing on Sydney Harbour. After a 1st, 2nd and 4th in the CYCA Winter Series, they have picked up where they left off... AUS 66 "Balmain Tiger" was 1st across the line and 1st on handicap in the first of the SASC Sports Boat Short Series. And that was 1st across the line by 6 mins to the next boat, an M30. Congratulations to the crew of Balmain Tiger for a great race. Fleet #3, New South Wales, has already 12 Tigers in the area around Sydney, with two more boats on their way before the end of the year. 

The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club club is one of the oldest in Sydney and was called The Amateurs as at the time (turn of the 19th to 20th century) racing on Sydney harbour was professional... 18 footers paid crew (usually out of season rugby players) to race. Pretty wild events apparently, given there were basically no rules… So the Amateurs was established to provide a club for… amateurs.

Race 1   [20/09/2008]   updated on :  22/09/2008  13:10:26

SATURDAY SHORT

SUPER 30 PHS results Start : 12:40:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC HC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot
1 AUS66 BALMAIN TIGER 02:18:22 1.097 02:31:47 1.125 1.106 Brian Wood 1.0 14:58:22 1  
2 6045 VERY TASTY 02:25:19 1.062 02:34:20 1.072 1.065 Chris Sligar 2.0 15:05:19 3  
3 840 YOUNGSTAR 02:30:28 1.030 02:34:59 1.035 1.032 Garry Corstaphan 3.0 15:10:28 5  
4 8005 MERLIN 02:30:15 1.036 02:35:40 1.036 1.036 John Lehmann 4.0 15:10:15 4  
5 M30/150 CLANDESTINE 02:24:11 1.080 02:35:43 1.080 1.080 Doug Cameron 5.0 15:04:11 2  
6 6544 JET 02:32:35 1.032 02:37:28 1.021 1.028 Justin Graham 6.0 15:12:35 6  
7 6444 QUICKIE 02:32:47 1.035 02:38:08 1.019 1.030 Stuart Muirhead 7.0 15:12:47 7  
8 AUS79 FLYING BRANDY 02:39:29 1.007 02:40:36 0.976 0.999 Marco Tapia 8.0 15:19:29 10  
9 AUS74 SABRE 02:32:52 1.092 02:46:56 1.019 1.083 Stuart Birdsall 9.0 15:12:52 8  
10 AUS77 SHERE KHAN 02:33:56 1.092 02:48:06 1.012 1.083 Rod Gibbs 10.0 15:13:56 9  
11 6227 DIANA 02:47:35 1.035 02:53:27 0.929 1.026 Philip Grove 11.0 15:27:35 11  
DNC 6311 ZIPPIER   1.147       Andrew Waugh 14.0     DNC
DNC 8383 KRAKATOA   1.044       Don Young 14.0     DNC


Photo: Andrea Francolini


Photo Credit: Sailing Anarchy Forum


Abacus, With a Crew of Two, First Around Coronados 

August 5th, 2008 - Santa Diego, California

USA 8 - "Abacus" won the Spinnaker Division PHRF<149 of the popular doublehanded 2008 Crew of Two Around the Coronados hosted by Point Loma Yacht Club. Here is the report from owner Tim Chin:

"After some OTW testing and careful setup, Nam & I had rigged up 008 to do double-hand races. The one key mod we did was to add an ATN spin sock to help the bow guy tame the beast. We used clip-on blocks for the sock control lines to allow the freedom of port or stbd hoists/douses.

The setup was put into use this past weekend in 8-12 kts TWS (PLYC "Crew of 2" Round the Island Doublehanded Race). Nam had more important things to do (G/F in town) so Marc stepped up to take his place. Normally, a reachy race turned into a W/L affair, thanks to winds staying from the South all day. We had a pretty comfortable 15NM beat in light chop. Must have tacked like 20 times as the wind oscillated between 180 and 220. However, we still got waterlined by the bigger boats in the class (40.7, S35) rounding North Island a distant 3rd out of 11 boats in the (faster rating) spinnaker class.

Marc had no issues hoisting the kite and popping it on strb gybe (the others in front waited until after their gybe before they popped their chute to avoid gybes). We held stbd gybe for a while to clear the lee of the island and then gybed to go after the boats ahead. That first gybe was not pretty due to a foot cleat but gave us confidence.

We worked the puffs and gradually pulled back the Schock 35 and then set them up for a pass below them. We then sailed our target speed and then hauled in the 40.7.

We must have gybed another 8 times in the 15NM downwind leg in shifty winds -- getting better every time. In fact, the gybes became better than our fully crewed ones (sorry team!) -- simply from needing to finesse the sail instead of "forcing" it.

After ~ 6 hours of uneventfulness, we got to 2 BL from the finish and I managed to broach the boat the first time all day (tight angles to avoid hitting a Gov buoy). How ironic! We rolled over the finish in a heap of flapping sails -- not pretty but still a gun. We ended up with first to finish (boat for boat), first in class (corrected time), and (unofficially) first overall (7 classes - multi hull, 2 non-spin classes, 2 spin classes plus 2 fully crewed classes)."

Tim

2008 Crew of Two Around the Coronados - Spin PHRF <= 149 Class

Start:Class D, Finishes:Finish time, Time:112000, Distance:30.5, Course:North Coronado Island to Port
Rank Class Boat Mfg SailNo Helm Crew PHRF Start Finish Elapsed Corrected Nett
1 Spin PHRF <= 149 Abacus Flying Tiger 10M USA 008 Tim Chin Marc Simmel 48 112000 175020 6:30:20 6:05:56 0.75
2 Spin PHRF <= 149 First Light Ben 40.7 56046 Gary Jorgensen Mark Spencer 54 112000 180033 6:40:33 6:13:06 2.00
3 Spin PHRF <= 149 Vikktoreus Beneteau 35 56370 John Dodge Ryan Hunter 123 112000 184323 7:23:23 6:20:52 3.00

 


Tigress First Overall at Santa Barbara to King Harbor 

August 2nd, 2008 - Santa Barbara, California

USA 80 - "Tigress" of  Ken Keiding and Dr. Laura Schlesinger won the PHRF sprit class and PHRF overall of the 36th Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race. One of the crewmember on "Tigress" reported that "We had a great sail... the wind kicked it up from Anacapa to Dume. We sailed flat out on a solid plane averaging 15 knots for about 45 minutes to an hour. We were passing Santa Cruz 50's boat for boat when the wind was up. We were overlapped with Santa Cruz 50's at the finish. (they started 5 minutes ahead of us)".  this is the first race entered by Tigress, after its delivery from China a few weeks ago. Well done!

Pictures: Joysailing


USA 80 - Tigress getting ready for the Race
Photo Credit: Sailing Anarchy FT10 Forum

Tigress during the SB to KH Race
Photo Credit: Sailing Anarchy Forum


 


Tigger (again), Prowler and Lilly 1-2-3 at Whidbey Island 

July 25h, 2008 - Whidbey Island, Washington State

Three Tigers on top of Fleet P1 at Whidbey Island Race Weeek: USA 22 "Tigger, Dangerous when Striped", CAN 37 "Prowler", and USA 29 "Tiger Lilly". Congratulation to Chris Winnard that brings the top prize home for the second year in a row. Stripes or not, Tigers are dangerous!

P1 Fleet

Sailed:9, Discards:1, To count:8, Ratings:PHRF, Entries:9, Scoring system:Appendix A
Place Fleet Boat SailNo Skipper PHRF R1
7/21
R3
7/21
R4
7/21
R5
7/22
R7
7/22
R8
07/24
R10
7/24
R11
7/24
Fri-1
7/25
Points
1 P1 Tigger / Dangerous When Striped USA 22 Chris Winnard 57 2.0 4.0 (7.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 14.0
2 P1 Prowler CAN 37 Kirk Leslie 57 1.0 1.0 (4.0) 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 18.0
3 P1 Tiger Lilly 29 Mark McCuddy 57 (3.0) 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 18.0
4 P1 Eye Eye USA 3 David Cohen 54 4.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 (6.0) 6.0 33.0
5 P1 Dos 26000 Paul Faget 78 5.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 6.0 (9.0) 7.0 8.0 5.0 44.0
6 P1 Still Gladiator 46778 Eric Rimkus 78 6.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 7.0 (9.0) 5.0 8.0 44.0
7 P1 Uno 26001 Brad Butler 60 9.0/DNF (10.0/DNC) 9.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 53.0
8 P1 Gardyloo 71221 Eric Nelson 49 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 (9.0) 7.0 57.0
9 P1 Psycho Duck USA 040 Julie Kadar/ Peter Lagergren 78 8.0 7.0 6.0 (9.0) 9.0 5.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 59.0


Photo Credit: Sean Trew, Pacificfog Photography

 


CYCA Audi Winter Series: 1st, 2nd and 4th 

July 13th, 2008 - Sydney, Australia

Race 14 marked the last pointscore race of the Audi Winter Series and with the overall pointscore very tight across several divisions, today’s race was vital for those jostling for Division placings and racing was therfore very competitive. A total of 144 yachts took to the water for the final race.

After an entire austral winter of racing Balmain Tiger, Ophir and Shere Khan where 1st, 2nd and 4th in the very competitive Division E. Excellent news for the Sydney fleet that counts 8 Tigers already, and a great show for the FT10 that will be introduced in the Sydney boat show next week. Well done mate! 


Tiger Pack Leads CYCA Audi Winter Series 

July 6th, 2008 - Sydney, Australia

Light conditions once again today for Race 13 of the CYCA Audi Winter Series, in fact so light that it was very difficult to get to the first mark, against a 3 knot tide. A couple of the early starters got around before the breeze really dropped out. The Three Tigers showed how well a Tiger goes in light breeze, could not quite match the Melges 32 but handled the M30's and everyone else without too much difficulty , Could not catch the early markers but Tigers 4th , 6th and 7th. As we go into the last race an all Tiger Podium is still possible, Tigers currently 1,2 and 3.

Standings after 12 Races:

 
AUDI WINTER SERIES 2008
PROVISIONAL POINTSCORE
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Division E                                        
Sail No Yacht Skippers Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 DP1 DP2 DP3 DP4 TOTAL PLACE
AUS   66 Balmain Tiger Neil Hamilton/Brian Wood 3 2 15 6 6 3 6 2 4 8 11 1 15 11 8 6 27 1
AUS   56 Ophir Bruce & Neil Tavener 2 3 13 12 1 9 10 3 3 12 4 3 13 12 12 10 28 2
FT 77 Shere Khan Rod Gibbs 12 4 2 2 2 13 3 6 10 10 12 4 13 12 12 10 33 3
  14 Greengate  Matthew Fisher 6 10 8 5 4 2 11 1 16 7 3 11 16 11 11 10 36 4
AUS   6580 Bitter & Twisted David Price 4 5 4 4 10 11 4 5 9 11 5 8 11 11 10 9 39 5
  6311 Zippier  Andrew Waugh 5 9 15 7 5 6 2 11 1 9 6 9 15 11 9 9 41 6
  6671 Yandoo John Formosa 8 11 12 3 7 4 15 4 5 4 8 7 15 12 11 8 42 7
AUS   206 Tojo never made it to Darwin Robert Bryden 11 14 3 14 16 1 8 10 8 1 2 10 16 14 14 11 43 8
  4377 Max  B & T Munns/P Fallon 9 18 7 9 9 5 1 7 11 2 7 17 18 17 11 9 47 9
AUS   150 Clandestine Doug Cameron 10 8 6 8 8 12 5 13 7 5 9 6 13 12 10 9 53 10
  6227 Diana Philip Grove 7 1 10 11 3 10 13 14 6 17 13 5 17 14 13 13 53 10
  8383 Krakatoa Don Young 19 7 1 10 16 7 9 8 16 3 10 13 19 16 16 13 55 12
AUS   150 The Business  Vaughan Stibbard 1 12 9 1 13 14 18 15 16 17 14 2 18 17 16 15 66 13
R 10 Froth & Bubble Nathan Smith 14 6 18 13 16 18 7 12 2 14 1 17 18 18 17 16 69 14
  6448 Carats N Kilos John Santifort 13 13 5 15 11 8 12 16 12 6 16 12 16 16 15 13 79 15
DS 808 Outrage Shaun Carroll 16 18 18 19 16 18 18 20 16 17 19 17 20 19 19 18 136 16

 


Long Beach Team Flying High
After Winning Pacific Coast Championship 

June 29th, 2008 - Long Beach, California

The action on Sunday was fast and furious as the wind built into the twenty knot range with higher gusts and rough seas

It all came down to the final race for the Team on “Mile High Klub” and their 10 meter Flying Tiger sport boat. The Team from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, started the day two points behind Eric Schlageter’s team “Ruckus” from Anacapa Yacht Club. Mile High Klub needed to win both races on Sunday to win the Pacific Coast Championship and that proved to be a monumental task.


Team Ruckus leads Mile High Club after the first mark on day three of the Championship series.

Clear skies and winds already at 14 knots greeted the racers at 11 AM when the teams headed out on the water to prepare for the first race. Seas quickly built to three feet creating challenging conditions for the Teams on these powerful race boats. At 12:15 pm the winds had increased to 16 knots and were gusting to 20 for the start of race number one. After a clean start, Schlageter’s Team Ruckus had the advantage and lead the fleet at the first weather mark with Mile High Klub close behind. The downwind leg was fast and wet with all of the boats finding themselves up on a plane with the bow out and water going everywhere. Smiles all the way around for the crews but things began to get tense as the winds continued to build and the seas grew to four feet and short period chop as they neared the first leeward gate. Team Ruckus went to the left gate marker and Mile High Klub went to the right gate marker. Team Mile High Klub took advantage of Team Ruckus allowing them to split the course and hiked out with every inch they could manage.

Team Mile High Klub (on the left) hikes with every ounce they can muster to move into first as Team Ruckus is forced to duck behind them at the second windward mark in race 1.

As the boats neared the top of the course on the second lap, Team Mile High Klub were in a position to move into the lead. Team Ruckus was forced to duck below Mile High Klub and for the first time in the race, Mile High Klub was in a position to win. They would have to hold off a hard charging fleet to take the gun at the finish. This is no easy task on these fast sport boats as an increase in wind on the opposite side of the course can cost you several positions.

The Mile High Klub team takes a moment to re-focus between races.

After rounding the weather mark for the second time and setting their spinnakers, the Flying Tiger fleet came alive as winds continued to build into the mid twenty knot range with big square chop making the trip “Down the hill” a real sleigh ride.

Mile High Klub managed to hold off Ruckus and take the win to inch one more point closer to winning the Pacific Coast Championship. Only one thing stood in their way…An entire fleet of skilled racers who also wanted to prevail on the final race of the three day event. The owner and helmsman of Mile High Klub took a deep breath and reviewed with their crew what they needed to do in the last race. For the second time in as many races they again had to beat Team Ruckus boat for boat in what amounted to a match race within a fleet race.

Ruckus, Mile High Klub and Niuhi drag race upwind

As the fleet counted down the minutes, then seconds to the horn marking the start to the final race of the championship, Team Ruckus and Team Mile High Klub began their dance fighting for position on the start line. Team Ruckus did a fantastic job of getting themselves into what might have been a controlling position at the start. A flapping leach on the mainsail and a little less hiking by the crew prevented Ruckus from pinching off Mile High Klub. It was a drag race with Mile High Klub helmsman Payson Infilese trying everything he could think of to drive over Ruckus and take their breeze. For ten minutes the boats were side by side with neither making distance on the other. Finally, Mile High Klub chose to tack away and head for the mark on port tack leaving Ruckus to sail on up the course on Starboard.

2008 Fling Tiger Pacific Coast Champions Philip and Payson Infelise from Long Beach, CA

Mile High Klub prevailed in the battle of upwind speed and after a conservative spinnaker set at the weather mark they sailed on to the finish in a tie with Team Ruckus in what can only be described as an amazing day of racing off Long Beach, California.
Everyone who was lucky enough to participate in this year’s event was treated to excellent race committee work and conditions on Saturday and Sunday that were “Classic Long Beach”. Strong winds, brisk water and sunny skies made for an epic weekend on the water. Many thanks to those competitors like Marc Pinckney who brought their boat all of the way from San Jose and John Paquin who traveled up from Coronado, CA. Philip Infelise gets the “Distance Award” though coming all of the way from Colorado to sail with his son and claim the Pacific Coast Championship trophy for 2008 which was donated by the distributor of the Flying Tiger, Hiptrader, LLC.

The 2009 event promises to be even bigger with more fleet members and boats being added all of the time. For more information on the Flying Tiger fleet go to: www.ft10class.info
 

Final results:
 

Place
#
Boat Name Owner
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Race 7
Total
1
33 Mile High Klub Philip/Payson Infelise
7
1
2
2
1
1
1
15
2
49 Ruckus Eric Schlageter
5
2
1
1
2
2
2
15
3
24 Elusive John Paquin
4
3
3
3
5
5
3
26
4
10T Harbor Sailboats Racing Tom Hirsh
2
4
5
7
3
3
6
30
5
54 Niuhi Paul McPherson
3
6
6
4
4
4
4
31
6
19 Occam's Razor Neil Senturia
1
5
4
5
6
6
5
32
7
69 Malcontent Marc Pinckney
6
7
7
8
8
7.2 avg2
7.2 avg2
50.4
8
8T Abacus Tim Chin
8
8
10 dnf
6
7
10 dnc
10 dsq
59
9
15 Centomiglia Fabio Maino
10 dnc
10 dnc
10 dnc
10 dnc
10 dnc
10 dnc
10 dnc
70

Pictures:


About the FT10- Distribution
The Flying Tiger 10 M (FT10) is a new 10 meters One Design Club Racer designed by Bob Perry, built by Bill Stevens at Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China and commercialized by Hiptrader LLC. You can visit www.hiptrader.com for additional information or directly contact them at: Hiptrader, LLC
826 Orange Ave., Suite 612 Coronado, CA 92118 Office (619) 778-8880 Fax (619) 435-5236
[email protected]

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And fly they did… 

June 28th, 2008 - Long Beach, California

Tight starts were the rule of the day on the Flying Tiger 10 meter courseJune 28, 2008

Racers were greeted by overcast skies at 0900 hours on Saturday morning here in Long Beach, CA and from the look of it, today’s racing would be much like that on Friday which means light winds under ten knots and a mostly left side favored course. But by 11:30AM the skies were crystal clear and the wind up the coast at Pt. Fermin was already blowing from 208 degrees and 12 knots. It soon built on the Bravo course just outside Long Beach Harbor to 14 knots and gusting 16 with it looking like there was more on the way. Eric Schlageter from Anacapa Yacht Club found the windier conditions to his liking aboard the Flying Tiger 10 “Ruckus”. He took not one but two bullets today and followed that up with a second place which moved their team into first place on the second day of racing here at the Pacific Coast Championships for this exciting class.

By race two on Saturday the wind was up to 18 knots and still buildingText Box: Winds and seas built through race number 3

Team “Mile High Klub” enjoyed quite a bit of success as well and moved into second place followed closely by John Paquin on Elusive who won the event last year. Phillip and Payson Infilese aboard Mile High Klub are from Long Beach and trail Ruckus by just two points. The second and third races both proved challenging with winds building into the low twenty knot range and increasing seas. Wet and wild conditions prevailed for the rest of the afternoon creating lots of tense moments on the start line, around the marks and getting through the jibes which provided more than a few photo opportunities. By race number three, winds had built to 21 knots gusting 24 and you could feel the increased tension as the boats went through the “Starting line dance”. Now reaching back and forth became not just an opportunity to better position your self on the line at the gun but also an opportunity to play “chicken” with the opposition. Tension quickly turned to smiles as the boats lined up cleanly and it’s very hard not to have a lot of fun sailing these very quick boats whether you won the start or not.

Marc Pinkney and his team "Malcontent" before the Melges 24 "Karma" took off their instruments in a violent rig to rig collision in race three

The end of racing today found yesterday’s leader Neil Senturia now 10 points out of first place and currently sits in fourth . It really is still anyone’s regatta to win or loose with six boats still capable of winning the event Two races are scheduled for the final day. Sunday’s weather forecast has also improved and now looks very similar to today with winds from 12-22 knots and scattered high clouds possible in the afternoon.

Long Beach Yacht Club will host the party this evening for race participants and their families.

About the FT10- Distribution

The Flying Tiger 10 M (FT10) is a new 10 meters One Design Club Racer designed by Bob Perry, built by Bill Stevens at Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China and commercialized by Hiptrader LLC. You can visit www.hiptrader.com for additional information or directly contact them at: Hiptrader, LLC
826 Orange Ave., Suite 612 Coronado, CA 92118 Office (619) 778-8880 Fax (619) 435-5236
[email protected]

Media Contact:

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Winds and sea built through race number 3

FT10 Start action


Low Wind-High Performance 

June 27nd, 2008 - Long Beach, California

Flying Tiger 10 Meters tune Up For Pacific Coast Championships

Thursday afternoon brought lighter wind conditions than normal to Southern California’s premiere sailing venue off Long Beach. Six to nine knots of wind from the South and Southwest usually means slow boat speeds and an unexciting day on the water but not so for Bob Perry’s speedy 10 meter design “Flying Tiger”.

The father and son team of Phillip and Payson Infelise took me along for a late afternoon practice sail as they warmed up their top notch crew for this weekend’s Pacific Coast Championships. The Flying Tiger showed its speed in the relatively light and was able to hit its upwind target speeds of 6.3-6.5 knots even with some moderate wave action working against it going uphill. Downwind the Team on the Infelise’s “Mile High Klub” nearly matched wind speed with boat speed which was quite a surprise given what little wind there was available.

The weather looks to be slightly windier on Friday as the fleet begins racing for the coveted PCC trophy. With one of the largest fleets in this year’s Acura Ullman Long Beach Race Week the Flying Tiger class is fast becoming the dominant fleet for the performance minded sailor. Defending Champion John Paquin from San Diego should feel right at home with the conditions expected on the course in Long Beach this year. The winds should peak on Friday and then diminish as a high pressure system builds into Southern California and brings high 70’ F temperatures to the coast and low 100s in the deserts. The traditional tactics of “Going Right” on the race course may not be the right call as lighter winds mean shiftier conditions, especially on the Flying Tiger course which is just off of Sunset and Seal Beach just to the east of the Harbor.

You can view the racing from the end of the Seal Beach pier and catch lunch at Ruby’s Diner at the same time.

About the FT10- Distribution

The Flying Tiger 10 M (FT10) is a new 10 meters One Design Club Racer designed by Bob Perry, built by Bill Stevens at Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China and commercialized by Hiptrader LLC. You can visit www.hiptrader.com for additional information or directly contact them at:

Hiptrader, LLC
826 Orange Ave., Suite 612
Coronado, CA 92118
Office (619) 778-8880
Fax (619) 435-5236
[email protected]

Media Contact:
For high resolution images during Long Beach Race Week or to be put on the media list serve and receive updates during Long Beach Race Week please email Mark Michaelsen: [email protected] . VOICE: 562 773 0552, FAX 562 431 2313

 


Flying Tiger 10s Roar into Long Beach, CA 

June 22nd, 2008 - Long Beach, California

Just one year after introducing the FT10 sport boat to the world of high performance sailing, the class may very well be the largest one design fleet at this week’s prestigious Acura Ullman Long Beach Race Week. FT10 racers will be vying for the coveted Pacific Coast Championship title during this three day regatta beginning Friday, June 27, 2008 in the scenic waters off of Southern California. Racers from all over the West coast are coming to try and unseat last year’s champion John Paquin from Coronado, CA.

The father and son team of Philip and Payson Infelise will race their tricked out FT10 “Mile High Klub”. Philip and his son may have the advantage over John Paquin’s team with more than two decades of local knowledge and sailing out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club which is co-hosting the event this year along with Long Beach Yacht Club. Last year Payson and his Dad finished up a full 10 points behind Paquin but with a year of experience under their belt you can bet they’ll apply the pressure at every corner of the course.

The highly competitive fleet will also see a new high profile member join them from Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Radio celebrity talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has purchased hull number 80 and is scheduled to compete for her first time on the new boat. Dr. Laura is no stranger to mixing it up in a tough fleet though. For the past several seasons she has been successfully racing against some good competition in other classes but has decided that it was time to step up to a Flying Tiger. Her Santa Barbara based team is highly skilled and should bring yet another boat to the fleet capable of winning it all.

The forecast looks spectacular with cooler temperatures at the beach and very warm inland which creates the solid sea breeze that Long Beach is so well known for. These winds will combine with a 3-5 foot swell from the west and a good south swell to make for what should be some epic wave surfing conditions in these speedy boats. Spectators can view the racing from the Seal Beach pier and there will be a band at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on Friday evening for event participants and their families.

About the FT10- Distribution

The Flying Tiger 10 M (FT10) is a new 10 meters One Design Club Racer designed by Bob Perry, built by Bill Stevens at Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China and commercialized by Hiptrader LLC. You can visit www.hiptrader.com for additional information or directly contact them at: Hiptrader, LLC
826 Orange Ave., Suite 612
Coronado, CA 92118
Office (619) 778-8880
Fax (619) 435-5236
[email protected]

Media Contact:
For high resolution images during Long Beach Race Week or to be put on the media list serve and receive updates during Long Beach Race Week please email Mark Michaelsen: [email protected] . VOICE: 562 773 0552, FAX 562 431 2313

 


Flying Tiger 14?

June 16th, 2008 - Sailing Anarchy Forum, The Internet

From Sailing Anarchy

Speculation is raging on the Sailing Anarchy Internet Forum. The drawings of what appears to be a 14 meters sportyacht that looks a lot like the FT10's big brother were published today in the usual who, what, where challenge.

The rocker, the stripe, the general look and feel all seem from the drawing board of Bob Perry and Ben Soquet, but no official word has come out yet from neither Hiptrader nor Perry Yachts Designers Studio. If you're looking for an ocean capable boat, fast and fun stay tuned...


SoCal Fleet Captain Sweeps San Diego NOOD  

March 15th, 2008 - San Diego, California - USA

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

With 4 victories in the last 4 races Tom Hirsh, Southern California Fleet Captain and Skipper of USA 10 "Harbor Sailboats Racing", won the 2008 Sailing World Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD Regatta. Tom is the owner of two FT10 (#9 and #10) that are part of the racing program of "Harbor Sailboats", his sailing school in san Diego. He certainly had something to teach to the rest of the fleet this time!

 

Place
#
Boat Name Owner
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Total
1
10 Harbor Sailboats Racing Tom Hirsh
3
3
1
1
1
1
10
2
33 Mile High Klub Phillip A. Infelise
2
1
4
8
4
3
22
3
24 Elusive John Paquin
1
2
13 ocs
2
3
2
23
4
21 Slip Kid John Folvig
7
8
6
4
2
5
32
5
49 Ruckus Eric Schlageter
5
7
3
5
8
6
34
6
54 Niuhi Paul McPherson
4
4
5
10
7
7
37
7
11 Anarchy John Rickard
6
5
2
3
13 dnc
13 dnc
42
8
19 Occams Razor Joe Markee
9
10
7
6
6
4
42
9
008 Abacus Tim Chin
10
9
10
9
5
9
52
10
62 Jelani Clive Daem
12
6
13 ocs
7
9
8
55
11
39 CharSar Scott Fox
11
11
9
13 dns
10
10
64
12
13 iota Don Prince
8
12
8
13 dnc
13 dnc
13 dnc
67

 


Fleet Captain Taking the Lead on SD NOOD Day 2  

March 145h, 2008 - San Diego, California - USA

Tom Hirsh, Southern California Fleet Captain and Skipper of USA 10 "Harbor Sailboats Racing", gets two bullets on Day2 of the 2008 Sailing World Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD Regatta and moves on top of the fleet. Tom took command of both races taking advantage of the heavy air conditions on the ocean course off Point Loma.

 

Day Two:

Results after Day Two

Regatta results last updated: Saturday, March 15, 2008 6:37:14 PM CDT

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club    1   2   3   4    Total
1  
10   Harbor Sailboats Racing   Tom Hirsh   Southwestern Yacht Club     3   3   1   1     8  
2  
33   Mile High Klub   Phillip A. Infelise   Armitos Bay Yacht Club     2   1   4   8     15  
3  
11   Anarchy   John Rickard   San Diego Yacht Club     6   5   2   3     16  
4  
24   Elusive   John Paquin   Coronado Yacht Club     1   2   13/OCS   2     18  
5  
49   Ruckus   Eric Schlageter   AYC     5   7   3   5     20  
6  
54   Niuhi   Paul McPherson   Mission Bay Yacht Club     4   4   5   10     23  
7  
21   Slip Kid   John Folvig   SDYC     7   8   6   4     25  
8  
19   Occams Razor   Joe Markee   SDYC     9   10   7   6     32  
9  
62   JELANI   Clive Daem   Silver Gate Yacht Club     12   6   13/OCS   7     38T  
10  
008   ABACUS   Tim Chin   Silver Gate YC     10   9   10   9     38T  
11  
13   iota   Don Prince   CRA     8   12   8   13/DNC     41  
12  
39   CharSar   Scott Fox   PYC / SAYC     11   11   9   13/DNS     44  

Notes
- Scoring System is ISAF Low Point 2005-2008
- Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts


12 Tigers at the San Diego NOODs  

March 14th, 2008 - San Diego, California - USA

The FT10 fleet gets ready for a start in some large swell off Point Loma
(Photo: Stuart Streuli)

One year after the first FT10 One Design  event, San Diego will see 12 Flying Tiger competing for the 2008 Sailing World Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD Regatta, March 14th-17th 2008. The FT10 will be the second largest fleet above 20 feet competing in San Diego, a clear measure of the success of this class one year and a half after the first hull was built in China. The Southern California fleet has started the process of sail registration and measurement that will be proposed to the International Class Association in the next months.

Tim Chin, skipper of USA 9 - "Abacus", posted this report on Sailing Anarchy after Day 1 of racing:

"Very lumpy seas with light wind. Made for a hellish time for those helming (and those blowing chunks...)

Race 1 -- Good race by CYC's #24 "Elusive" the 2007 SoCal champs (good to see them back in form) helmed by Rick Harris with Willem VanWaay as their "3". Second place went to #33 Mile High Club" from the Rockies, co-helm by Nate Campbell & Ullman's Eric Shampain (their "3"). They were followed by Mr. Consistency (& the fleet captain himself) -- #10 "Harbor Sailboats" rounding out the top 3.

Race 2 -- same top 3 finishers with #33 pulling out a huge lead (they were in a different zip code) to take the win and #24 making a real good comeback to clinch 2nd.

Race one was pretty tight across the fleet with some close finishes. Race two seemed to be all #33's and we saw two tight packs from 2nd to 5th and then 6th to 10th all crossing the finish nose to tail.

Racing was high quality -- some minor rubbing, no visits to the room. Plenty of projectile vomiting on the course."

Day One:

Results after Day One

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club  1   2  Total
1  
33   Mile High Klub   Phillip A. Infelise   Armitos Bay Yacht Club   2   1   3T  
2  
24   Elusive   John Paquin   Coronado Yacht Club   1   2   3T  
3  
10   Harbor Sailboats Racing   Tom Hirsh   Southwestern Yacht Club   3   3   6  
4  
54   Niuhi   Paul McPherson   Mission Bay Yacht Club   4   4   8  
5  
11   Anarchy   John Rickard   San Diego Yacht Club   6   5   11  
6  
49   Ruckus   Eric Schlageter   AYC   5   7   12  
7  
21   Slip Kid   John Folvig   SDYC   7   8   15  
8  
62   JELANI   Clive Daem   Silver Gate Yacht Club   12   6   18  
9  
008   ABACUS   Tim Chin   Silver Gate YC   10   9   19T  
10  
19   Occams Razor   Joe Markee   SDYC   9   10   19T  
11  
13   iota   Don Prince   CRA   8   12   20  
12  
39   CharSar   Scott Fox   PYC / SAYC   11   11   22  
 

Notes
- Scoring System is ISAF Low Point 2005-2008
- Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
 


AUS 56 "Ophir" wins RANSA Annual Regatta  

February 24th, 2008 - Sydney, NSW - Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background of AUS 66 Balmain Tiger. 
(from Sailing Anarchy Forums)

Bruce Tavener on AUS 56 "Ophir" takes first in Division 1 of the Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association (RANSA) Annual Regatta out of Port Jackson, NSW Australia. The race is a reverse handicap start that attracts many competitive boats on Sunday February 24th, 2008.

With the summer in full steam the Sydney fleet is growing by the week, with 5 boats already in the water (4 where at the starting line of the RANSA Annual Regatta), and other two boats expected in the next few weeks.

Next appointment for the Sydney fleet is the AUDI Regatta with a very competitive "Super 30" division that sees the FT10 competing with the M30 (ex Mumm 30) for the largest group of boat.

 

Balmain Tiger at the Chaos Cup
(from Sailing Anarchy Forums)

Sail No Boat Name Owner/Skipper Club Start-time Finish Time Position
AUS 56 Ophir B.Tavener DSC 11:06 13:34:18 1
6157 The Tavern I.Guanaria CYCA 11:16 13:41:33 2
KA 400 Scarlett O'Hara R.Skol RANSA 11:01 13:42:49 3
4715 Marloo G.Girdis CYCA 11:07 13:46:25 4
AUS 66 Balmain Tiger N.Hamilton BSC 11:06 13:47:20 5
R 51 Adams Den C.Klingstrom PRSC 11:06 13:47:44 6
7737 Van Demon S.Deane PRSC 11:02 13:59:16 7
AUS 64 Fortune of War A.Gruzman RANSA 11:06 14:03:07 8


FINAL DAY HEROICS LAND VICTORY FOR REYNOLDS 

February 17th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida
by Alan
Block/BlockSail.com

Slick boathandling and great starts helped Red Stripe win the first-ever East coast Flying Tiger event. 
(Credit: Meredith Block/BlockSail.com)

It's been a game of inches among the Flying Tiger 10-Meter Class at the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regatta, and today Charlie Reynolds drove his week-old boat just an inch further than the rest of his competitors. Charlie and his Connecticut-based team "Red Stripe" sailed to a 1-1-6 scoreline on Sunday in flat water and moderate winds from the South, clinching the win on a tiebreaker over Roger Pollack's "Viper" from Grosse Ile, Michigan. Scott Fox's "CharSar" and his crew of dinghy sailors and active-duty marines dropped off the podium into fourth place after a disappointing 8-6-4 scoreline on the day.

"This was the perfect event for a great bunch of people to get together and race these fast, affordable boats, and given the fact that we had 9 full races while some other courses had 5, the FT-10's light air ability is something special," said Brian Stevens, the builder of this hot one-design. "Given the closeness of the racing and the fun that we all had, it's a good sign of things to come."

Interview with Reynolds after the first day of Racing  
(Credit: BlockSail.com)


RESULTS: 1: Reynolds - "Red Stripe" - 27, 2: Pollack - Viper - 27, 3: Eikel - 32, 4: Fox - CharSar - 36, 5: Picknell. For more results, please see www.sailingworld.com/noods.

For news, results, and other info, please visit www.flyingtigerboats.com, or email [email protected].  For Class Rules, fleet locations, photos, videos and more, see the official FT- 10M Class Association site at www.ft10class.info.

 

PICTURES:


Red Stripe Wins 2008 St. Peterburg NOODs 

February 17th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida

Action on Day 2
(Credit: Stuart Streuli)

Charlie Reynolds' USA 71 "Red Stripe", fresh out of the box, is the winner of the  2008 St Petersburg Yacht Club & Sailing WorldSperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta. With an impressive record of 3 victories after 9 races, only one day after his first sail on a FT10 ever, Reynolds is the winner of the first OD event on the East Coast.

Check out the photo gallery of Day 2 on the Sailing World website

 

St Petersburg Yacht Club & Sailing World
Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta
February 15-17, 2008
Flying Tiger Class Series Summary

Pl Sail # Skipper Boat Name T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 71 Charlie Reynolds Red Stripe 27 1 2 7 1 5 3 1 1 6
2 25622 Roger Pollack Viper 27 3 1 8 2 3 1 3 3 3
3 41 Lee Eikel Tin Man 32 2 7 1 5 4 8 2 2 1
4 USA39 Scott Fox CharSar 36 4 3 2 6 1 2 8 6 4
5 USA058 Kent Picknell TOY TIGER 44 6 6 3 3 2 4 5 7 8
6 USA007 George Petkovic 7 48 5 4 5 4 9\DSQ 5 6 5 5
7 FTUS35 Ivars Blumenau QMN 53 7 8 6 8 7 7 4 4 2
8 20 Alan B Jepson Tiger 59 9\DNS 5 4 7 6 6 7 8 7


MICHIGAN AND MAINE FLYING TIGERS LOCKED IN BATTLE GOING INTO FINAL DAY
Outcome to be decided in fresh breeze on Sunday at the St. Petersburg NOOD
 

February 17th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida
by Alan
Block/BlockSail.com

Close crosses and tight racing has made the first two days of the Flying Tiger's East coast debut exciting for all racers in the growing class. 
(Credit: Meredith Block/BlockSail.com)

After two full days of racing on Tampa Bay, a pair of Flying Tigers are dead even in first place with scores of 18 points each after 6 full races at the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta. Sunday will likely bring fresh breeze of 15 to 20 knots, and leaders CharSar and Viper will battle to stay on the podium. Of the 16 assembled classes, only the FT-10 class was able to race 6 races thus far, the 33-foot sportboats frequently gliding along at 2 knots while other boats sat becalmed.

"These are just really fun boats, and it takes so little to move them," said James Clappier, the Monterey-born bowman of "CharSar." "In these super light winds, we get to use our dinghy-sailing knowledge - good roll tacks and gybes are a must." Owner Scott Fox and the crew of CharSar have raced the boat three times since they took delivery of their FT-10, and yesterday they showed that they are quickly getting the hang of it. "We can't wait to do more one-design racing - that's where it's at," said Fox, the owner of "The Boathouse," a high-performance dinghy shop in Falmouth, Maine. "Tomorrow we'll pack the boat up and the kids will take her straight across for the San Diego NOOD, then the Yachting Cup and Long Beach Race Week. We need to get up to speed fast, and there's only one way to do it."

Rounding the weather mark in Race 5
(Credit: BlockSail.com)

Lying just one point out of first place sits Red Stripe, a Long Island Sound-based boat that is waiting to pounce on the leaders. Along with the leaders, Red Stripe and Lee Eikel's Tin Man have all scored victories so far during the regatta - an indication of how well-matched these out-of-the-box raceboats are.

While eight Tigers dual here in Florida, ten identical boats are racing in the waters of San Diego Harbor at SCYA Midwinters - the anniversary of the first-ever US start for this rapidly growing racing class.

For news, results, and other info, please visit www.flyingtigerboats.com, or email [email protected].  For Class Rules, fleet locations, photos, videos and more, see the official FT- 10M Class Association site at www.ft10class.info.


First-Time Tiger Racer Takes Lead On 1-2 Finishes

February 16th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida
by Alan
Block/BlockSail.com

Light air and heavy competition at the Flying Tiger starting line.
(Credit: Meredith Block/BlockSail.com)

Charlie Reynolds never sailed on a Flying Tiger 10-meter sportboat until yesterday's practice for the Sperry Top-sider NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg, Florida. Still, this Long Island Sound sailor managed to put together a first and second-place finish on Friday to lead the FT-10 fleet in the Class's first one-design start on the East Coast.

"It was a lot of luck, really," Reynolds explained. "All we did is sail exactly like we would back home - and I guess it worked. The conditions felt like our home turf."

Tampa Bay did indeed look like a typical Western Long Island Sound summer day, with a choppy sea and less than five knots of wind. Reynolds and his Red Stripe team led from wire to wire in the first race, which was shortened to three legs after a huge left shift and decreasing pressure saw the other course A fleets struggling to maintain headway at times. The FT-10s kept moving well in the light air, and following Red Stripe to the finish were Lee Eikel's "Tin Man" from Madaville, Louisiana and Roger Pollack's "Viper" from Canton, Michigan.

For nearly 3 hours racers drifted on an oily-smooth bay, waiting for the slightest sign of new wind, their frustration outweighed by 75 degree temperature and friendly competitors. Their patience was eventually rewarded with a light Northerly, and racing resumed at once. A clean start for the fleet sent six of the eight FT-10s to the left side of the beat, which remained the only part of the course with any breeze. Boats stuck on the right found themselves behind a massive hole, while "Viper" and "Red Stripe" fought throughout the race to finish within seconds of each other on another shortened course.

With similar conditions forecast for tomorrow, seven other Flying Tiger skippers will see if they can best Reynolds' prowess in the light, lumpy breeze that he is so accustomed to. "I can't wait to bring this boat home to show it off," said Reynolds. "It's absolutely perfect for the conditions we see ninety per cent of the time."

RESULTS AFTER 2 RACES: 1 - Charlie Reynolds - Southport, CT Red Stripe 3 points, 2 - Roger Pollack - Canton, MI - Viper 4 points, 3 - Scott Fox - Cumberland, ME, CharSar - 7 points. Go to www.sailingworld.com for detailed results.

For news, results, and other info, please visit www.flyingtigerboats.com, or email [email protected].  For Class Rules, fleet locations, photos, videos and more, see the official FT- 10M Class Association site at www.ft10class.info.


East Coast Flying Tiger Fleet Formed, Fleet Captain Elected

February 15th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida
by Alan
Block/BlockSail.com

Charlie Reynolds keeps his Connecticut-based FT10 "Red Stripe" moving in the tiniest breeze.
(Credit: Meredith Block/http://BlockSail.com)

After a frustrating practice day on Tampa Bay, in nearly windless conditions, the owners and crew from the eight-boat strong Flying Tiger 10M Fleet met in the Waterfront Room of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to discuss the future of the FT-10M Class on  Thursday night.  Over snacks and drinks provided by the builder, nearly 40 stakeholders discussed their scheduled events, Class rules, and the type of racing they want to see.

“This will be a class where we share our secrets,” said Detroit’s Roger Pollack, owner of Viper. “We are all in this for fun, and we’ve got to stay committed to keep it that way for everyone in the fleet.”

The assembled sailors elected to establish the Eastern FT-10M Fleet 2, following in the steps of the successfully established first fleet in Southern California.  The group unanimously elected Kentucky river sailor Al Wolczyk their new Fleet Captain.

Builder Brian Stevens greets new Fleet #2 Captain Al Wolczyk at the StPYC.
(Credit: Meredith Block/http://BlockSail.com)

Builder representative Brian Stevens was clearly pleased to announce to the group that the FT-10M had undergone a battery of tests that day for itscertification under Europe’s CE standards.  “The CE mark should be issued within a few weeks,”  Stevens said. “We’ve got more than a dozen European buyers who have been waiting for it, and we’re excited to see one-design racing in Europe in 2008.”

For news, results, and other info, please visit www.flyingtigerboats.com, or email [email protected].  For Class Rules, fleet locations, photos, videos and more, see the official FT- 10M Class Association site at www.ft10class.info.


Eight Tigers to the 2008 St. Pete NOODs

February 15th-17th, 2008 - Saint Petersburg, Florida

With 8 boats on the starting line, the FT10 Class is one of the largest class above 24 feet at the St Petersburg Yacht Club & Sailing World Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta.This is the first FT10 OD event on the East Coast, with the latest boat USA 71 "Red Stripe" splashed just few days before the NOOD. New boats are arriving on the East Coast by-weekly building up a fleet that hopefully will match the West Coast ones. With boats traveling to St. Pete from as far as Maine, Michigan, or Illinois this regatta is a good indication of how easy is to trailer the FT10.

The first start went to Charlie Reynolds' "Red Stripe" that after the first day of light air sailing is leading the pack followed by Roger Pollack's "Viper" and Scott Fox on "CharSar" (just back from Key West Race Week).

St Petersburg Yacht Club & Sailing World
Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta
February 15-17, 2008
Flying Tiger Class Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper From Boat Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 T
1 25622 Roger Pollack Canton, MI Viper 3 1 8 2 3 1 18
2 USA39 Scott Fox Cumberland, ME CharSar 4 3 2 6 1 2 18
3 71 Charlie Reynolds Southport, CT Red Stripe 1 2 7 1 5 3 19
4 USA058 Kent Picknell Crestwood, KY TOY TIGER 6 6 3 3 2 4 24
5 41 Lee Eikel Mandeville, LA Tin Man 2 7 1 5 4 8 27
6 USA007 George Petkovic Chicago, IL 7 5 4 5 4 9\DSQ 5 32
7 20 Alan B Jepson Palm Bay, FL Tiger 9\DNS 5 4 7 6 6 37
8 FTUS35 Ivars Blumenau Buford, GA QMN 7 8 6 8 7 7 43

Blocksail is providing excellent multimedia real time coverage of the event in the On the Water Forum of Sailing Anarchy. Here a few videos from the first day (click on the video for a larger view).

First Start (BlockSail Video)

 

Rounding the First Mark (BlockSail Video)

Upwind Sailing (BlockSail Video)

Red Stripe first Sail (BlockSail Video)


Tiger Fleet Ready To Attack Tampa Bay

February 15th, 2008 - St. Petersburg, Florida.
by Alan Block/BlockSail.com

A Flying Tiger 10-Meter plays in big seas and tradewinds off
Antigua.
(Credit: Sven Harder, Antigua)

Barely a year has passed since the first Flying Tiger 10M sportboat first sailed on United States waters, and already, this scorching hot sportboat class can claim its fourth one-design start at a major regatta. Eight Tigers will race each other this coming weekend on the often-breezy waters of Tampa Bay, and amazingly, only five of the sixteen competing classes have more entries than the FT-10M Class.

ON-LINE TO ON-WATER
The genesis of the Flying Tiger is an exciting example of the power of on-line communication. Born through a collaborative process in the community forums of the Sailing Anarchy website, the FT-10M was designed as a lightweight, affordable one-design racing boat. The narrow, high-powered craft fits into a standard 40-foot shipping container, allowing award-winning builder Bill Stevens to economically produce the boats in Xiamen, China and ship them anywhere in the world, quickly and efficiently.
The first FT-10M arrived in the US in its “gift box” in September, 2006, and 16 months later, the company is preparing to ship numbers 80 and higher – making the Tiger an unprecedented success in the world of one-design keelboats. Almost as impressive as the overall numbers are the destinations of the finished sports racers: Tigers have been shipped to South Africa, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Finland, and multi-boat fleets already exist in China, Australia, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and now, the Southeastern US.

“There is just nothing else that comes close to the performance of the FT-10 at anything near the price,” said Brian Stevens, marketing director for HipTrader, the builder's US-based subsidiary. “Owners love the fact that they can buy and campaign this 33-foot racing yacht for a fraction of what the alternatives cost – and they can go just as fast, if not faster.”

AROUND THE BUOYS AND AROUND THE WORLD
With just over a year of racing behind them, Flying Tiger owners have put together some incredible results. In distance racing, the FT-10M has shown its transom to the competition all over the world, with overall victories in Perth, Ensenada, San Diego, and British Columbia against sailors like Dennis Connor and Bill Buchan. Division, class, and series victories have been commonplace for Tiger skippers, although nearly all of them say that they specifically purchased their boats for the one-design racing that is now kicking off in earnest.

“The anniversary of the first real one-design start is next month, at the San Diego NOOD, and we expect 12 to 14 boats racing,” said Bill Stevens, builder of the FT-10M. “But what has us really excited is the Class racing that we will see in 2008 in places like Florida, Charleston, Seattle, Long Beach, and Chicago.. It's an exciting time for an exciting boat.”

The U.S. isn't the only place with the numbers for one-design racing, either. There are now an amazing eleven Tigers now in Australia, with one new boat continuing to arrive each month. Europe is not far behind, especially with the FT-10M's European CE certification process reaching completion in early spring, 2008. A flood of deliveries will reach the continent shortly thereafter.

For more info, please visit www.flyingtigerboats.com, or email [email protected].  For Class Rules, fleet locations, photos, videos and more, see the official FT- 10M Class Association site at www.ft10class.info.


Two Tigers to the Keys

January 15th, 2008 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

USA 35 "QMN" and USA 52 "Toy Tiger" are getting ready for the 33rd annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race set to begin on January 16. Organized by SORC Management, which includes members of the Storm Trysail Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club, the 160-mile race starts just south of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and finishes inside Key West Harbor. Let's wish good winds and followings seas to the brave skippers.

 


Firecracker makes 48th North Top 25 Award

January 10th, 2008 - Seattle, Washington

USA 23 "Firecracker" makes the "Top 25 Sailboats - 2007" award issued by Harken and 48th North. The prestigious award is a recognition of the high level of racing in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast of Canada. Well done John!


2008 Southern California and San Diego Series

January 5th, 2008 - San Diego, California

Tom Hirsh, President of the Southern California Fleet, has made available the 2008 Calendar for Southern California and San Diego Series. Good Wind!


 

Last Edited: April 15, 2010

 
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