SIGHTINGS mance catamarans,” we have specific facts on how they’ve reduced the weight of their new Catana 50s by an astonishing 8,602 lbs. We found the areas and methods of weight reduction interesting, so we figured that you would, too. 1) Catana 50 catamarans — including hulls, deck, biminis, bulkheads and other parts — are now built with resin infusion. It shaves 3,483 lbs off the overall weight. 2) The Catana 50 hard-top bimini was continued in middle column of next sightings page
condor — cont’d Blackett was a longtime and successful campaigner in the Bay’s Express 27 fleet with his now-former boat New Wave, as well as the El Toro YRA. He has a carbon Moore El Toro with a carbon mast and sail, and he also sails an all-carbon foiling Moth, which means that California Condor will be his lowest-tech boat! The spark for the boat was struck during the ‘08 Pacific Cup — which marked his return to ocean racing after a decades-long hiatus — when he was invited by Hedin to stand in for Baylis on their Antrim 27, E.T E.T. As often happens, one of those ‘a bigger boat might be nice’ conversations ensued along the way, and that led them to where they are now. Hopefully by the time you read this, the boat will be out on the water tearing up the Bay. — rob
ALL PHOTOS LATITUDE / ROB
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The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.