Corsair/Farrier Nationals -Fort Walton Beach

The largest yearly gathering of Farrier designed multihulls

2000 – 64 take part

2001 – 62 take part

2002 – 75 take part

2003 event – scheduled for 21 – 26th April

A record sixty four Farrier designs took part in the 2000 Corsair Nationals, at the fabulous new location of Fort Walton Beach. The event was hugely successful and numbers are expected to grow, particularly as the many attractive features of the Fort Walton area become known.

This year the event was organized and run by Paula and Randy Smyth, who raised the standards to a new higher level, and special thanks to them and all the competitors, some who came from as far away as England and Sweden. The British in fact won their class in a chartered F-28R.

The Speed Seminar earlier in the week by the Smyth Team was very popular and useful to many, while guest speakers Bert Kornyei (offshore cruising), Torbjörn Linderson (Marström Carbon masts) and Dave Calvert (sails) had a captive audience at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club.

Some of the many competitors on the beach at Leeside Park, prior to the first race
Getting ready for the first start
Race headquarters at Leeside Park – this is located right next to the Leeside Inn, which is very convenient for skippers and crews. The beach area (just to the left) is sheltered and huge, and could easily handle another 40 or so boats above the 64 attending this year’s event.
Racing well under way
Racing to the beach at Destin for lunch
Lunch at Destin Beach – a fabulous location
Just taking it easy
Randy Smyth announcing the results
The Class winners and crews on the beach at Leeside Park

RESULTS

F-31
1. D. Harkrider
2. B. Gleason
3. B. Harkrider

F-28R
1. B. Haynes
2. L. Young
3. R. Roth

F-27
1. M. Milan
2. F. Hankins
3. P. Wadsworth

F-25C
1. R. Smyth
2. L. White
3. G Spalding

F-24
1. M. Parsons
2. P. Clay
3. B. Osborn

Open
1. J. Fredericks
2. J. Green
3. J. Pavel

Fort Walton Yacht Club which hosted several social events during the series