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FT 10 Wins 2013 Annual Wirth M. Munroe Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach Yacht Race

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Alan Jepson and his FT 10 (USA #20) win first in class by several minutes in this years Wirth M. Munroe memorial Yacht Race.The Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Yacht Race is held on the first Friday in December. First sailed in 1957, the race begins the winter ocean racing circuit in South Florida. The course, from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach, presents challenging conditions as yachts must consider the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and the passing of the season’s first frontal systems. Results and Regatta information available at sailfishclub.com. Congrats to Alan and the crew of Tiger...

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Used 7.5 Flying Tiger Hits the Market

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Used Flying Tiger for Sale FT 7.5 number 103 is for sale, she has been outfitted with a Harken furler and mainsail slugs for ease of use. The carbon fiber mast and boom were painted white in 2013 and will last for another 3 years or longer. The bottom was painted using top of the line paint with added graphite in 2012. Sail inventory includes a fat head main, furling head sail and nylon spinnaker that are all in excellent shape. Check out the Yacht World listing...

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FT 7.5 San Diego Fleet

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As of 10/1/12… We are very excited to welcome two new owners to the San Diego FT 7.5 fleet. The ink has dried on purchase agreements that will send Hull #100 to a new home in Coronado and Hull #102 to her new owner in San Diego. With these additions the 7.5’s now have 4 boats that will actively be sailing SD bay and hitting the course on the weekends. With four boats in San Diego, we now have the beginnings of a strong one design fleet. Knock on wood, but there’s a chance we may see two new boats delivered to San Diego in the near future. Overseas, the 7.5 has been mildly successful, the yard has sold several fleet orders to the Chinese Navy and Hotel Resorts. With the production line going full throttle now is the time to place an order. Although the ultimate goal for the 7.5 is sustainable one design racing, the current owners have been working very hard for a rating review. For the last couple years the 7.5 has been in class 2 with the FT10’s, Colombia 30, Cheetah 30, and the occasional Melges. Needless to say the FT 7.5 has struggled racing these much larger boats. After a recent PHRF San Diego meeting the board has decided to allow the 7.5 to race in class 4 competing with smaller more comparable boats. We hope to line up against the small J/Boats when they are ready. The 7.5 has been built off the platform of her bigger sister, the FT 10. The 7.5 supports a beefy sail plan both upwind and downwind and is balanced out with nearly 1,200 lbs of ballast. She is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face all while keeping you high and dry. You can contact Flying Tiger Boats for pricing on a new or used 7.5’s and of course the FT 10. Charters for day sails and racing are always available from Harbor...

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FT 10 Wins Class in N2E Race

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This was the first time Abacus (USA8) has tried to do the N2E race (CAT 1) after 4 or 5 SD to Ensenada Races (CAT 2). It almost did not happen since Tim the owner started a new job last sept and was not sure about being able to take the time. Fortunately, the enthusiastic crew plus the “Ohio gang” made it possible. The CREW: The Ohio connection – Kris Zillmann (Abacus main trimmer) invited her elementry school mates Mike Rushing from Los Angeles and Warren Richter from APS to team up for the race. And these folks happen to be seriously great sailors. The Abacus regulars were Colin Delaney (Bow), Sean Davis (Trimmer), Laura Andersen (Pit), Kris Z (skipper and chief of catering for this race) and Tim (the owner and past class president). From the GRIBs, it was looking to be a medium to long race, with routing projections from 17 to 24 hrs earlier that week. We were looking at Bluewater (free SW), Sailplanner (trial version) and PredictWind (free version). Two of the three routings told us to go way out (like 50 miles out — “are you nuts Tim?” they all asked) So the team was ready to slug it out. Plenty of food, water, 48 cans of beer, 2 big bottles of rum, boxes of snacks…….It was kind of ridiculous to show up at the start-line with a full-sized crew, boat sitting way way lower than the float marks (Fortunately I vetoed bringing the BBQ to make ribs or we would have sank!!) next to Plankton (Viper 830, past winner) with crew of 3 as well as Anarchy with a more much more reasonable looking crew weight. Of course we were smoked at the start, in fact, we were almost a minute late (this part is classified). Viper went low, Anarchy went high, we were just left to pick off the J105’s, J109’s and the odd 10R to get air in the middle. Looked like that for the next hour or two until Anarchy went Code zero up high to pick off the J120s that started with us but on the outside line and the Viper put their reacher or may be zero up below and ahead of us, both boats owing us 6 secs a mile. We responded with our secret weapon (lol) 5 year old EP Gen 1 “OOPS – cut too flat” AP kite and made it work, successfully fending off a bunch of J120’s dropping down on us from the high road. We watched Anarchy dissappear offshore in the haze as they switched to their new Ullman runner while we had to wait till the righty came to us before we could put up our 2011 new Dave Hirsch designed North runner because we did not want to sail towards inland. The patience paid off when the righty came, we were in control. It was 250 earlier in the day going to 270 for a long time and then kept going onto 330(?). That put the Viper into the “danger” zone near the Coronados Island (at first “danger” was meant to describe no wind zone after 8pm but the tragic end of the Hunter 376 that wasrun over by a ship gave it even more evil meaning). We thought we may even have seen the big ship involved but we were not sure.  It also appears that the righty may have put Anarchy out too far out at that point in the race and perhaps made them gybe in into dead air (??). All we know was that we stay sailing on same gybe (heading at times with COG of 220+) until we almost abeam to Ensenada 50+ miles out (yes a five followed by a zero), punctuated by a couple of “holes”, especially...

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First FT 10m Lands in New Zealand

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Westhaven Marine Brokers Ltd around well known Tony Smith and Graham Murray have secured the dealership for the Flying Tiger boats and the first of the boats has now arrived in New Zealand waters and is currently assembled at Pier 21. Note! Currently the boat can be seen at Pier 21, Viaduct and people are welcome to come and have a look while the boat is been assembled and still out of the water. Westhaven Marine Brokers are to establish the class here in New Zealand with that race medium sized keelboat and rigid class rules. Flying Tiger New...

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FT 7.5 Arrive in San Diego

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January 2010 The first two Flying Tiger 7.5s offered for purchase in the US will arrive in San Diego next week with sea trails to begin shortly thereafter.List price of the FT 7.5 is $43,500 (FOB Xiamen) and includes a complete set of sails from Neil Pryde. The standard mainsail and jib are built of Aramid and the asymmetrical spinnaker is of Nylon. Freight and duty are additional and average approximately $1,800 per boat landing in San Diego, California. The new FT 7.5 further achieves the same performance distinction of its bigger sister while offering a yacht that is equally suited for high level racing or single-handed daysailing. With one design rules in effect and legs in hiking, the FT 7.5 will make the old feel young and the young feel invincible. Discounts for fleet purchases and incentives for charter placement are available upon...

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