First introduced in 1985, this trailerable trimaran quickly became a seminal boat in the world of multihull sailing. Designed by Ian Farrier, a Kiwi who emigrated to California (by way of Australia) with the specific goal of perfecting his concept of a production-built trimaran with folding amas, the F-27 is both an excellent high-performance coastal cruiser and a competitive one-design racing machine. During a 12-year production run that ended in 1997, a total of 453 hulls were launched, making this by far the most successful boat of its type to date. Arguably, the boat is still in production, as Corsair's successor design, the F-28, though it has a rotating wing mast and is generally more sophisticated, is quite similar and is built with much of the same tooling.
Boats & Gear
Last Wednesday, after sailing out on my own from Portland, I spent the night aboard Lunacy on a mooring at Cliff Island. I awoke the next morning to fog, thin tendrils that first filtered in from the east with the spreading sunlight then thickened and obliterated everything. Later, after it cleared off, I motored just a mile or so north to check out Eagle Island while waiting for the breeze to fill in. This 16-acre preserve, formerly the summer home of Rear Admiral Robert Peary, reputedly the first man ever to reach the North Pole, is now a state park and is open to visitors seven days a week from June 15 to Labor Day each year. There is a prominent dock where you can land a dinghy at the island's northwest corner and a collection of moorings that are available for day use.
The Lunacy Report
Just as all roads once led to Rome, many cruising sailors now believe that all working lines should lead to the cockpit. The result, unfortunately, is often a pile of multi-colored spaghetti that is hard to manage and actually makes it more difficult to sail your boat.
On aft-cockpit boats the most common scenario now is that almost every line coming off the mast or deck forward of the cockpit is led back through blocks and organizers to a battery of rope clutches arrayed around two winches on either side of the companionway under the cockpit dodger. The more active lines are usually the mainsheet, two control lines for a main traveler situated just forward of the dodger, the main halyard, and one or more mainsail reefing lines (for either a slab-reefed main or an in-mast furling main). Less active lines led to this same location may include one or more headsail halyards, perhaps a dedicated spinnaker halyard and a spinnaker pole downhaul, perhaps one or more topping lifts (one for the main boom, plus one for the spinnaker pole), plus maybe a mainsail outhaul.
Techniques & Tactics
This may be the only reason I would ever want to be Tom Cruise. Even Grant Dalton seems to be impressed by him, and when Tom gets to ride on an AC72, he actually gets to help sail the boat.
Meanwhile, while racing without Tom Cruise onboard, Emirates Team New Zealand, as you've probably noticed, is totally kicking butt. Even in their second real race against Luna Rossa, in spite of having to dump their jib overboard, they had no trouble staying way out in front. I'm still waiting for someone to explain how it is they were allowed to dump a sail (which their chase boat immediately picked up) right in front of their competition, forcing them to tack, without drawing some kind of a penalty... but really that's just quibbling.
News & Views
In what has been described as one of the biggest, most complex rescue efforts ever undertaken on the Irish coast, two Irish Coastguard helicopters, three RNLI lifeboats, and a flotilla of various other craft saved all 30 crew and trainees, most of them teenagers, off the Dutch sail-training vessel Astrid after she went up on the rocks near Kinsale in County Cork on Wednesday. Astrid was driven ashore after her engine failed in a Force 6 southerly breeze.
Sorry, folks, but I have to lay another Dorade Transpac video on you. Though not as funky as the last one, this one was shot from onboard as she was blasting toward the finish line off Diamond Head on July 20. Not everyone else has finished yet, but it is certain that Dorade has won the whole shebang on corrected time, 77 years after she last did it in 1936. Which ain't too shabby for a boat built in 1929. She bested her 1936 elapsed time by over a day and covered the 2,225-mile course from LA to Honolulu at an average speed of 7.8 knots. Top speed, an all-time record for the old girl, was 15.9 knots!
Hats off to owner Matt Brooks. He and his wife bought the boat in 2010 and immediately launched into a massive refit (her third under as many owners) with the goal of again making Dorade a serious ocean racer. They suffered some criticism for this, as many believe the boat should be treated as a museum piece.
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