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F-33 is David amongst the Goliaths

June 28th, 2004

What trailerable, roomy and comfortable, 33' long family sailboat can take fourth over the line in a huge field of sailboats, including many giants such as Bruno Peryon's maxi 120ft Cat 'Orange', Francis Joyon's 90ft Tri 'Idec', and Volvo 60 monohull racers?

Brian Haynes' Farrier F-33R 'Carbon Tiger II' did just that, while also taking line honors in Class A multihulls in the annual 'Round the Island' race in the UK, and winning on handicap. There were 1682 boats taking part in this years event, including some 50 multihulls. The race is run around the Isle of Wight, and the official Press Release described the start as follows:

The largest yacht race of its kind in the world got underway from the Royal
Yacht Squadron line, in Cowes, promptly at 6am, with the start of the Grand
Prix and MOCRA multihull classes. At Gurnard buoy Bruno Peyron's "Orange
II" led with Francis Joyon in "Idec" hot on his heels. Giving the maxicats a run
for their money was Brian Haynes' Farrier F-33 which came screaming down
the start line at full speed.

Carbon Tiger II was the leading boat for the first mile or so until 'Orange' and 'Idec' got wound up, and by the Needles (Western End of the Solent) Carbon Tiger II was holding 4th place overall having been caught by the Formula 40 'ProVu' (ex Toshiba Formula 40 Tri). Turning left into the open sea at the Needles took the boats into a strong tide on the nose and a 15/18knt SE breeze with 3-5 ft waves.

'Carbon Tiger II' went on to finish the 55 mile rounding in 4hrs 52min being 4th over the line on the water, beaten only by three Grand Prix Class multihulls. The F-33 cruiser was faster than all the big monos, except one Open 60, and around two hours ahead of the first mono sport boat. On handicap, 'Carbon Tiger II' took 1st place in Class A Multihulls and 2nd place overall behind 'IDEC'. Congratulations to Brian and crew!

Richard Roscoe also did very well in his F-9AX 'Triohe', finishing only 26 minutes behind 'Carbon Tiger II', 12th over the line, and 5th overall on handicap. There's still a lot of life in the F-9 series yet!

Carbon Tiger II and the F-25C Sheik Yerbouti trading tacks in the earlier
RSYC Spring Series 4 - Photo courtesy of www.pix-u.com

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