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    Cape Cod, MA, USA
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    Double handed racing, cruising to the race and cruising home. Caribbean racing. Ocean sailing.
  1. On the hard on Cape Cod. I keep puttering away on her. Norm
  2. We didn't find the big 150 to be helpful except in really light air. Since we were interested in DH, the sail didn't make sense. The former owner used the 150 with great success
  3. A couple of Aphrodite 101 war stories from DH racing. First, we bought the boat because we liked sailing Solings at Boston Sailing Center and we'd ocean delivered a fat boat. We had a pretty good idea about our target shape, narrow and cozy. Narrow works. We raced against a J29 in a New England Solo Twin. In light air upwind she led us out of the harbor. Wind increased, chop, too, and she slowed way down to change from #1 to #3. We only have a 102%, #3, so no sail change. They stayed heeled over and side-slipped off to leeward as the chop was too much and they needed more rail weight. We never saw them again. Designed for "rational short handed sailing" (thanks Amati): Same event different year, a C&C 33 mk 1 struggled mightily with sail changes on that big rig while mama and I had no trouble at 60 years with our manageable sail plan. The next morning we saw them astern and you could see they were exhausted by the steering and slow sail handling. BTW, rest matters. Advantages of a heavier boat: Up in Maine at the Maine Rocks, DH. A Santa Cruz 27 quickly got ahead but after 100 nm the guys were so tired and beat up from being tossed around they wound up way back in the fleet. We finished first and rested. And one more thing: When we sail our own race, keep an eye on VMG and think a few steps ahead, the boat goes and is a dream to sail. We love to take a few days to cruise to the regatta, race, and cruise home. I love my boat... Norm Image is of one such cruise to a race favorite harbor.
  4. yoyo: good points and you are right. I should have checked the dates. I do know that the A101 spawned the T10 since Charlie Britton went to Europe to check out the new design with an idea about licensing it in the USA. He didn't care for the design as it was, he felt, not appropriate for the North American market. The T10 molds were built at Handy Boat in Falmouth Foreside, Maine by Walter Green. Hanging out there I heard some stories. Certainly on the US East Coast, the A101 and T10 were ground breakers. I recall racing IOR 40 footers and seeing what became my boat on Long Island Sound and there was nothing like it. It wasn't too long before the Olson 30s showed up and I raced on one of the successful programs. It was crazy fun. Slowly, light boats made there was onto our waters. I am often on Sailboatdata and don't know why I didn't double check. I confused the time when I first saw the boats with when they were first introduced. As usual, CA was ahead of NY! Keep well
  5. More Aphrodite 101 chatter: Paul Elvstrom and Jan Kjaerluff (sp?) collaborated on the design. As I understand it, the idea was to design a boat to win the Round Denmark Race and 10 meters was considered the optimal length. Rumor is PE asked for a "Soling with a lid." The A101 did win until the X99 arrived on scene. About 450 A101s were built and are distributed all over Europe and Scandinavia. I think about 50 were imported to the USA and Canada. They are popular as short-handed racers. I suspect that the fact a big crew is not required is a selling point. A few years ago, I was in St Lucia and speaking with a French sailor, mentioned that I had an A101. He said he hated the design because it kept beating him. I don't remember what he raced but it was not a slow design. We certainly found that with our boat. Our opening Mass Bay PHRF rating was 135 as they assumed we had a genoa. Later, I took the genoa tracks off the side decks and they gave me a new rating of 144. We were in the hunt at 135 and 144 didn't hurt! We finished pretty much in the same place in our local fleets in both instances. The rating change didn't put much new silverware on the mantelpiece. I polished the bottom and kept the weight low otherwise we are pretty average sailors. As noted by another post, mama sits in the companionway doing crew boss, navigation and pit when we are fully crewed. Otherwise she steers and I run around the deck. (Fully crewed, we have a helms-person who is not one of us.) All said and done, a terrific design. It led to the Tartan 10 which spawned a lot of other sport boats like the San Juan 33, Olsons, Santa Cruz' and some J-Boats. Keep well, Norman our boat is blogged (remember those?) at averisera dot com.
  6. Hey Aphrodite guys: We sometimes race pretty casually without sliding back in the fleet. The red boat pictured looks like it might be owned by my old friend John of red boat fame. The remarkable thing about the A101 is how easy it is to sail well. We have jib tracks on the deck having removed the self-tacking assembly. A benefit of the deck track set up is that I use a 102% jib with battens which is amazingly fast. Anyway, I love the boats. Norm, Harwich
  7. NormanHMartin

    Show your boat sailing thread

    The gaffer is the boat we lived aboard in the Bahamas in the 1960s The Aphrodite we own now.
  8. I have an Aphrodite 101 that is in great shape and falls within your budget. Let me know if you are interested. Norm on Cape Cod
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    Looking for boat suggestions

    My Aphrodite 101 is for sale on the East Coast. They are terrific SH/DH racers as easily sailed to their rating (Mass Bay 144). My wife an I cruised from Boston to DH races in Newport or Maine, raced, and cruised home comfortably. Now, we are a bit long in the tooth for that sort of thing and relocated to a place with thin water. Boat is hauled and in renovation. Lots of sails and good gear. You can see some of the activity at Solid boat, very seaworthy. BTW: If this post is way out of line, let me know. Our racing results were pretty good. I never felt outclassed. If you point one of those boats in the right direction, you'll do all right. Norm, Cape Cod
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    Can someone suggest some decent boat ideas?

    Interesting and helpful thread. I have pretty much the same criteria. My Aphrodite 101 ticks all the boxes until you get to head room. Two weeks is OK buteach successive day is just more painful than the prior. I like the Hughes 35 (S&S Design2166 which is also a SHE 36 I am told) There is one in Ontario and maybe one in Stamford CT. Not expensive and can be converted to tiller plus end-boom sheeting. For me, a skeg helps as it sheds debris and lobster trap warps.
  11. NormanHMartin

    Mini Globe Race 2024 - Classe Mini 580

    Interesting. I think that I'd prefer building one to racing one but then, I'm 70. Maybe? What makes this really interesting is the idea of fitting the yacht into a twenty foot container. Hold that and maybe a few other dimensions as standard and it would be fun to see what other design tweaks would come out. At the outset, a one design event makes sense since the racers will come back with good information about suitable modifications. Best and keep well, Norm at Harwich MA
  12. NormanHMartin

    Show your boat not sailing

    Averisera in Provincetown, MA harbor Now for sale.. .
  13. NormanHMartin

    Double-Handed/ Single-Handed Ocean Racing

    Go sailing. Have fun. Live. People who haven't will line up to tell you you can't as if they know. Norm
  14. Will get our Aphrodite 101, Averisera, ready for launching soon and maybe even a new owner.