When Monsters Ruled the Beach in Multihull Anarchy Posted March 18 The way i remember the past is that the Tornado came out first in the late 60's, taking the fastest production sailboat honor from the Shark (also 20x10). My first crewing gig was on a Tornado 1968. The hobie 14 came out also late 60s. Tornado wasn't used much in the Worrell since it isn't good to run up on the beach at full speed because of the centerboard gaskets for one thing. There was a 10m foot wide alfa cat from the guys that made nacras before the 5.2 came out. The 5.2 being more like a tornado as an answer to the popular hobie 16. we destroyed the naca 5.2 fleet in sfo multihull championships with a hobie 18 in the late 70s. Also beat a bunch of 5.2s with an gcat 5.0 in hurricane gulch earlyn 80s. Prindle with Richard Loufec made the 19 as a tornado training boat- very similar hulls, crappy centerboards, but a bigger rig. Smyth and others put a asy on the 19 and won the Worrell. There were 2 -19s and some nacra 5.8s all with asy rigs that year. The asy was rigged off the leeward bow in the beginning. I raced 1 of of the 2 boats in the fleet w/o a spi. and got crushed. I later realized that if we had tipped over with that front tramp on, we would not have been able to get back on the boat very easily after re-righting. A very dangerous situ. The worrell was started on H16s by Mike Worrell, and was non stop in the beginning. The race lasted for nearly a decade on regular hobie 16s, IRRC.