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Hello, Sorry to probably be asking a question that has been asked hundreds of time, i've followed tho forum for ages now but just became a member. I am seeking input on an offshore singlehanded racer, I would love a Figaro II but they are out of my budget and cant find one here in the USA. I am looking for a boat that flies an asymmetrical kite, hard chines, open transom and is under $50k. I know this probably doesn't exist in my price range but I am throwing it out to the wolves to go after. If you have any suggestions please let me know, I know I have left out a lot in this post, but due to there probably being 100+ posts on this I didn't want to waste time.
The Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge from Port Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand to Mooloolaba, Australia is starting on April 1st. The race distance is 1380 nautical miles and has 10 entries evenly split between Aussie & Kiwi boats. http://www.solo-tasman.co.nz/entries/ YACHT NAME SKIPPER LENGTH DETAILS HOME PORT IRC RACE NO. Ocean Gem David Hows 13.48m Beneteau 445 Southport, Gold Coast 1.018 6 Rogue Wave Kevin Le Poidevin 10.98m Sigma 36 Sloop Port Stephens, NSW 0.932 75 Zenith Hamish Dickson 13.79m Dickson 45 Opua - 5 Graffiti Steve Darx 13.7m Steinmann Tin Can Bay, Qld - 14 HullaBaloo II Jim O'Keeffe 13.4m Adams 13 Yamba, NSW - 16 Am Meer Geoff Thorn 11.9m Bavaria 38 Lowery Bay, Wellington 0.967 4 Ciella Derek Desaunois 10.3m S&S 34 Manly, Qld - 8 Robbery Graeme Francis 10.97m Richard Wilson New Plymouth - 12 Sarau Malcolm Dickson 16m Dickson Sandspit YC, Warkworth - 7 Outsidedge Graeme (Kerli) Corlett 10.99m Jim Young Pittwater, Sydney - 110 The tracker http://www.solo-tasman.co.nz/live-map/#home
Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway... In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40's asking the question "what's next?". I learned to sail at age 7. I won my first national championship at 11, was a four year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997. After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full time Olympic campaigns. I qualified and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 & 2008 to showcase how much better the full time campaigners became over the years. For my personal fleet, I traded usage of an S525 for a J22 along the way and raced it for 13 years. I ended up with a J30 that my wife and I enjoyed overnight cruising on but now with three kids, two boys 9 & 6 and a girl now 3, the contentment and solice the J30 brought my wife and I does not quite do it for all of us. One day about three years ago, the owner of the J22 Green Flash called requesting his boat back. We originally traded boats because we were both moving simultaneously, I left my boat where it was in Port Arthur for him to use, he left the J22 in Houston for me to use. Sadly, I delivered Green Flash back to Port Arthor and the two of us decided I would donate the S525 along with some cash from him to the sea scouts. I looked around for a new fleet and was not pleased with the state of the sailing world. It was the new age of the handy sport boat with new fleets popping up every six months. I went to a regatta that had 8 fleets of sport boats under 30 feet none of which had more than 6 boats and I could only think "this could be an awesome regatta with 50 boats on the line but instead it is a whole bunch of mini-regattas going on simultaneously, yipee, what is wrong with this picture?". I had no intention on waiting for one fleet to take over the others which may take years and didn't care to buy a boat that propaganda dictated "that's where the competition is going." Watching the sport get stretched so thin was depressing and, frankly, I just wanted to go sailing again, have fun and go fast. After much research, I bought the Corsair Pulse 600 last spring and can't say enough good things about this boat. I have raced it with my family of five, single handed and with an experienced crew or two . I have hit 25 knots with three experienced crew and I have returned to port at 19 knots with my 6 year old attempting to do flips on the windward trampoline. One Friday afternoon, I left the office, splashed the boat left the dock at 2:45, went sailing came back put the boat away and left for home at 5:07 after logging 21 miles of blasting around Galveston Bay in my button down shirt and slacks. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about just going out for a sail. The boat is fast while staying within the envelope of control and comfort. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to push the limits of the Pulse 600 and have become more pleased with my decision to purchase it each time. The boat rounds up when it should and plows through pitch-pole situations just as the designers intended. It weight 992 lbs rigged and trailers at 90 mph with no problem. You can take my word this boat is fast and easy or check this out this fast replay of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Rum Race #2, an 11.3 mile, staggered start with fast boats starting last and everyone theoretically finishing the triangle course at the same time. TEAM AMERICA 142 is the green track leaving the dock when the first boat is rounding Mark #1. https://www.facebook.com/chadtroywilson/posts/10213254384977377?notif_t=like¬if_id=1497797056038278 And a first attempt of some on board footage, admittedly not the best but it doesn't suck either So the message here goes to all those Anarchist who may be contemplating suicide of their sailing life, THERE IS HOPE and it is the Corsair Pulse 600.