The Ericsson was particularly fun downwind under tall boy and blooper- when things got really wonky, my brother would walk out on the keel. No tux though….Of course many of you know, (primarily because I won't stop telling you), how much we love our Ericson 35 MK2 Anarchy 5. We had an excellent 2001 year of racing, winning a ton of races and nabed the PHRF Hi-point trophy for the year. Combined with a summer of weekending, day sailing, partying, anchoring and just getting so much joy from that, it has and will remain fun and kinda awesome for us.
But who am I kidding, the boat is a cranky and mostly miserable boat to race. It won't go straight, it doesn't like to turn, it steers like a tractor and if it sees chop, it just simply says "fuck that." Yes, rewarding in its own way, but often the reward feels kinda like punishment!
So I've been looking around and thinking what might be actual fun to race, and this is what I came up with.: the modded Hobie 33 currently named Captain Sluggo. Expertly redone by owner Rick Yabsley, designer Alan Andrews and builder Dennis Choate, the boat is so visually stunning it is kinda hard to believe. Once I get it together, I might have some sorta open boat thing so that some of you can see how bitchin' the thing is.
Ridding the boat of its many annoyances, in particular ergonomically, while adding a new rudder and taller rig, this boat is just so nice that no way could I so no. So I said yes!
My plan is to get the boat to San Diego as soon as I can confirm a space to park it, and start racing the thing asap. We'll do the local stuff with an eye towards SoCal 300, SB2KH, around the Coronado Islands, and SD to Ensenada. Oh yeah, here's the vid we did on it when we were still shooting them...
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done that too… one of these days you’ll have to commission a design and get her built. Big fun!