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The F-22R's First Race

Lloyd and Jabin Crisp's F-22R took part in the 2009 Surf to City Race (run on January 17th) the course being from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, Qld., Australia. It was a very rough race this year, with many breakages, a couple of monohull sinkings, while one Raider 30 racing cat capsized. In the end, over half the fleet of both mono and multihull divisions had to retire, with only 12 finishers from the 26 multihulls starting. Winds were 20 to 30 knots with one gust to 44 knots which was a good test for all.

Some of the multihull fleet soon after the start, from left being a Sprint 750, F-27, F-24, F-22R (red and
white spinnaker), and another F-24.

All photos by Julie Geldard of Jules Marine Art

The F-22R vainly trying to hold off the eventual line honours winner, the 30' all carbon racing
tri TRILOGY, which is in turn being hotly pursued by the 30' Raider cat.

David and Goliath! Still hanging in there but about to be overwhelmed by the Raider 'One Design'.
Big rigs can certainly provide great performance, but the Raider later demonstrated the 'down
side' by capsizing. The extra risks can be acceptable for race boats, but such rigs are definitely not
suitable for cruising multihulls.

Lloyd reports that STICK SHIFT behaved and handled extremely well in the tough conditions, without any significant dramas, even while boats close by were having problems with nose diving, which will always be the eventual limit with all small boats carrying large racing rigs. Jabin Crisp writes:

I was a bit nervous with the big spinnaker up with all the boats nose diving around us but in all honesty the steering was two fingers only (light) and the boat hardly put it's nose down at all!

Jabin Crisp

Main reason for this is the extra buoyancy designed into the F-22 float bows, low down, in order to better handle the tall F-22R rig. Compared to my earlier F-24 design, the F-22 has 43% more buoyancy for the first 200mm (8") of float bow immersion forward of the forward beams, which greatly helps to counter the tall mast. But like all such racing boats, the F-22R's eventual limit will still be nose burying, and due care always needs to be taken, but it does seem to be a relatively high limit. In comparison, the standard F-22, with its smaller cruising orientated rig, but with the same high buoyancy bows, will handle such conditions even better, giving a very high safety margin for cruisers.

STICK SHIFT going well

However, while well ahead of her main competition, STICK SHIFT eventually damaged the top rudder gudgeon, and had to join the retirees, which was very disappointing. However, the gudgeon will not take long to fix, and STICK SHIFT will soon be back racing again.

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