Builder Wayne Barrett
Auckland, New Zealand
LOA 15.1m (51')
LWL 15.1m (51')
Beam 11.0m (36' 2"
Draft 1.8m (5' 11")
Displacement   7 tons
Sail Area 110m2 (1,184 sq. feet)
Engine 27hp Yanmar
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Builder Lone Star Multihulls
LOA 47' 11"
LWL 47' 7"
Beam 36' 2"
Draft 9' 6"
Draft - boards up   2' 0"
Displacement 11,650 lbs
Sail Area 1172 sq. feet
Engine 27hp Yanmar
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Traveler Class Trimaran Alacrity (was Bird)

48' trimaran by Dick Newick
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48' trimaran

Surfing multiple waves?

I just sailed my new 48' racing tri from Texas to South Carolina (for the Charleston to Bermuda race next Saturday), and on the *one* day we had decent weather I experienced a surfing phenomenon I had never experienced before (on my 38' tri, 43' cat, or 51' cat).

We were sailing north up the Atlantic coast with a 10-12 knot SW wind with the delivery (small) main & light screacher in about 4 foot waves. Normal speed was 12 - 13 knots, but then we'd catch a wave and start surfing up to 18 - 20. The unexpected thing is we would surf a wave for 5 seconds, then accelerate past it and jump onto the wave ahead, surf that one for 5 seconds, and jump onto the one ahead of that. By trimming the screacher constantly we managed on several occasions to continue the surfing each time for well over a minute.

Now that I've done it once accidentally, I'd like to be able to do it consistently. Has anybody else out there with one of the faster boats (Bill G. or Ross?) developed a technique for this?

Rex Conn
(from the Multihulls mailing list, May 12, 2003)

Reply from Patrick Dayshaw, Searunner 37 Bacchanal: "chasing holes"

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also see trimaran Moxie

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