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The F-22R's Second Race

F-22R, F-24 OUTRAGE and the F-27 BAVARIAN FLYER bunched together in the Moreton Bay Classic

All photos by Julie Geldard of Jules Marine Art

Lloyd, Jabin and Amanda Crisp took their F-22R in the 2009 Moreton Bay Classic (February 21/22), and Lloyd writes:

Hi Ian,

A good weekends racing with pleasing results. A win both days and also the family prize as the crew were my daughter Amanda and son Jabin.

The boat performed beautifully, its the first time I've been racing a long windward race in 15 to 25 knots hard on the nose and been whistling for more wind.

We blitzed the F-24's and were faster than the two F-27's going hard to windward in up to 2 metre short nasty wind against tide generated swells. The harder it blew the more we pulled away from the 27's. Most surprising!! 

 The boat generates a lot of interest, between races we had a steady stream of people coming aboard for a look and all comments at least to us were extremely positive.

Our thanks for designing an exceptional boat.

Amanda, Lloyd and Jabin Crisp 

Also competing was F-27 owner, Peter Hackett and Peter wrote:

The next generation of trailable boat landed well and truly in our faces on the weekend when Lloyd Crisp brought his gorgeous new home-built F22 “StickShift” to the Moreton Bay Classic Regatta on Moreton Bay. After surviving his teething problems with the boat in the survival conditions of the boat’s first race a month ago, the local sailing community has been waiting in anticipation to race against, and crawl over, the new boat.

STICK SHIFT and Peter Hackett's F-27 INTRIGUE

We finally had our chance when the boat glided off the start line in light downwind conditions on the first day of racing. With a fair bit of luck dictating the finish order, the performance jury was still out when StickShift finished up near the top of the fleet ahead of many bigger boats expected to be faster. The second day of sailing was what gobsmacked us when the F-22 flew off the start line upwind in a 15-20 knot southeasterly which kept us mostly upwind but occasionally headsail reaching in a mixture of chop and waves. StickShift finished second over the line behind a fragile stick-like sports tri which has zero accommodation. My F-27 was seconds behind and the other F-27 and some very modified F24’s and other custom built boats were a long way back, allowing the F-22 to win the overall first place for the weekend on corrected time. I always knew this boat would go well, but the shock to me was how well she powered upwind in the steepest chop, defying her shorter waterline length.

Flying to windward

To put a benchmark on StickShift’s reaching speed, we had a close duelling reach in flat water and approximately 18 knots of wind over a heavenly 3 mile leg. We had traveller nearly all the way out and dumping occasionally, with the mainsheet also dumping occasionally to stop a few bouts of cavitation, and that is when the smaller boat made time on us. They seemed to have no control problems. Our main hull was just slapping the water and the leeward float completely buried once. At other times we made ground back, to just have the upper hand over that distance by a few seconds. We had our fairly new GM kevlar blade jib and D4 mainsail looking nice, and my boat weighs 1395 kg plus a bit of food and drink on board with a crew of 3, in the trim that got us 3rd in the national championships.    

More significant than the results was the sideshow caused by the new boat on the dock in between races. The lined up sailors crawling around the F22 and taking photographs for further discussion was akin to a boatshow, and even monohull sailors at the regatta joined in the dockside display. My first visit aboard was a quick half hour, and I had to go back again. The unanimous conclusion of the other old hands from such boats is that this is truly a Next Generation boat in terms of volume distribution, comfort (for the waterline length), structural and mechanical design, and pure sexy aesthetics.   

 

Making it look easy

Dueling with the 8.5m racing tri MOVING FINGER

Best of all, a great time was had by all

Overall it was a great effort by Lloyd and family, in just the F-22's second race, and, even though the smallest boat in the fleet, it was beaten only by a 26' specialist racing machine on the second day, in some tough windward conditions.

....and the following weekend it was family time on board.

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