Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely sailed across the Pacific on a Clairefontaine 25 foot beach cat from South America to Australia. The journey started in September 2007 from Vina del Mar, Chile and ended at Bundaberg, Australia in November 2008. This is one of many videos chronicling their journey. Mais videos. It's funny, I didn't know that I could understand Portuguese.
The Paper Tiger Catamaran is an exciting 4.3m (14ft) single-handed catamaran that provides competitive one-design racing for beginners through to champions. The class rules ensure tight control over the major dimensions of the boat which guarantees exceptional racing, yet they provide the freedom to experiment with gear and equipment for the boat.
Background from Wikipedia: In 1967 when Ron Given was discussing with friends how he planned to design a father and son training catamaran which he proposed to build on a simple mould by sticking plywood together with fibreglass tape, his friends began to comment that he may as well use sticky paper. Eventually, the word 'paper' and also the description of 'paper boat' kept coming to mind during talks about the new boat. As a result, 'paper' soon became part of the name, followed by 'tiger' because the tiger is an active member of the cat family. By the end of 1967 five Paper Tigers were built and one made its debut at Cat Week during January 1968 at Brown's Bay, New Zealand. By the end of 1968 the New Zealand Paper Tiger Catamaran Owner's Association had been formed.
The 14 foot, one design hulls can be professionally or amateur built from fibreglass with foam sandwich or marine ply with both methods providing a long competitive boat life.
A minimum hull weight of 50kg ensures that the Tiger can be easily handled by teenagers, adults and veteran sailors.
The Paper Tiger points high into the wind, has an exhilarating acceleration, runs well downwind and above all is deslightfully responsive. These attributres thrill the pleasure sailor and racing skippers.
Specifications: The basic specifications for the Paper Tiger Catamaran are set out below. For more detailed information, please refer to the Class Rules.
No cat attack at the Olympics! Do you care? Should sailing be an Olympic sport?
The folks down under are not pleased. Yachting Australia has expressed both disappointment and concern over the decision taken last week by the ISAF Council to drop the Multihull from the list of events for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Yachting Australia delegates supported the retention of the multihull event throughout the ISAF Annual Meetings which took place in Estoril, Portugal from 3-11 November.
ISAF was challenged with reducing the number of Olympic events from 11 in 2008 to 10 for 2012 in Weymouth. “To not include the multihull in 2012 is to disenfranchise a large part of the sport of sailing,” says Phil Jones, CEO of Yachting Australia and member of the ISAF Events Committee, which recommended that the multihull should be retained. “The speed and excitement of catamarans is a real draw to young people. They are the speed machines of sailboat racing. Whilst there is only a limited number of countries involved in the Tornado Olympic Class, multihull sailing is an attractive and truly global part of the sport.”
ISAF has been heeding the clear message from the International Olympic Committee over recent years that for the sport to maintain its place on the Olympic Program it must take steps to become more attractive to the media and the public. Changes to the format of the competition have been made and a World Cup Series has been agreed in effort to ensure more regular exposure for Olympic sailing.
“Catamaran racing is fast and comes across as really exciting,” says Phil Jones. “The Tornado is one of the most telegenic boats in the Olympic Regatta. The boats are big enough to carry on board cameras and tracking devices that can really bring the contest to life for the viewer. To not have a place for it, or another multihull, is a real step backwards for a sport that has the challenge of building its profile. For us, there was just no focus on the bigger, long-term picture.”
Yachting Australia is also concerned over the process by which the multihull was excluded. The ISAF Council voted to change the process recommended for the selection of the events. This meant that there was no “run-off” vote between the Multihull and the Keelboat.
“There was no real discussion over the implications of the change. It altered the fundamental principles of the recommended system.” says Phil Jones. “Some consider that the change, which was taken on a motion from the floor, was taken with undue haste. Certainly many around the Council did not seem to appreciate the full implications of the change. Those that used their first vote to support other events may well have backed the multihull over the keelboat had they had the opportunity. This change denied them this opportunity. I am sure that having had time consider the implications, many will recognise that the change, put forward as a mere simplification, was much more than this.”
Yachting Australia is concerned over the reaction to the ISAF Council decision. “We understand that some will be very disappointed but the personal and vitriolic attacks that we have seen do nothing to help the cause of those making them. In fact, they only do damage. Yachting Australia does not consider this type of reaction appropriate in any way.”
Yachting Australia is considering what further action, if any, can be taken to revisit the decision. “However much we might disagree, if we felt the decision had been properly considered and made with those around the table fully understanding the implications, we would accept it. Obviously we don’t consider that this is the case. We shall be discussing the issue with colleagues from other countries and IOC representatives over the next few days before deciding how we proceed.”
No Lasers to be found. What's a guy to do? Look at scows?
I found an Melges 16 up at Clear Lake on Craigslist. It looked promising at $700, so I threw a line in the water at SA and came back with a definite don't buy from a scow guy who said the boat was an old warhorse from the sixties that should be put out to pasture. He pointed me toward an MC up in Sac-town.
Isn't it a big Laser that needs a few more blokes to carry it to the water?
I'm starting to think Hobie. Puffy, she is one of those multi-hull watchamacallits that loves the beach. I found an '82 Hobie 14 on Craigslist that has no soft spots, new running and standing rigging for the same price as the Melges.
Should I take the plunge or wait on the beach for a Laser to wash ashore?
Edward, A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course, Of Course,..How About A Unicorn? Sorry Steph, saying no to multi-hulls is verboten here at "The Horse's Mouth."
Why a Unicorn? It can be built at home. No crew problems - "Hey Phil, do you want to go sailing today? No thanks Joe my wife and I are going up to Wine Country." Easy to rig and launch single-handed 18ft waterline means good handling in sea conditions Trailer fully assembled Very light weight, hulls and cross beams 60kg minimum, all up sailing weight 108kg minimum Can be sailed for fun two up Strict class rules but significant but flexibility in the design of rig and variation in hull shape and materials
The Specs: Single handed National 'A' class cat (A Cat baby, A Cat!) Trapeze and una rig PY of 775, ISAF 1.09 Length 5.49m (18ft) Beam 2.29m (7ft 6in) Sail Area 13sqm Mast Height 7.93m (26ft) Superb boat in light winds with high performance up to F6 due to the flexibility of the rig settings Daggerboards for high efficiency and superb pointing Flexible mast with loose footed main. Adjustments to outhaul, downhaul, kicker and lower shrouds. With a full cut sail this gives terrific scope for control of sail shape Trapeze for the ultimate sailing challenge Una rig for simplicity of sail handling (13 sqm sail area to A class specification)
Edward, a wire does not make a boat complicated. Check out the Wiley Wabbits that sail out of Berkeley.
Not another multi-hull? Sorry Monsieur Agent du Tillerman. Today's kiity is a Paper Tiger. She hails from Kiwiland with love. Hokey smokes Bullwinkle, how come those Kiwis and Aussies have all the fun? It's not because of vegemite...or is it? 14 feet of fun and she can be built in a garage by you or your Aunt Betsy.