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We have been fortunate in having a number of our custom race boats win major events, including
the Miami-Nassau, Chicago-Mackinac, and Annapolis-Newport races, a One-Ton North American
Championship and three Maxi World Championships. Our first design, Rogue's Roost, was a
radically light-displacement one-tonner, built of cold-molded wood by Eric Goetz. She proved
extremely fast in most conditions, and was second in fleet in the 1978 SORC, followed by a second
in the One-Ton North Americans the following year.
The New York Yacht Club 36' one-design class was a development of our 1980 One-Ton North
Americans winner, Firewater, with a cruising interior and a large rig for performance in the
predominantly light winds of Western Long Island Sound. The 36's were built by W.D. Schock Corp. in
Newport Beach, CA, and the class eventually grew to over 60 boats, with fleets on both coasts.
Our largest boat to date, Matador2, was the result of winning a worldwide design
competition conducted over a period of several years. Designs were tested with large-scale models
(approximately 22' long) in Hydronautics' big towing tank in Maryland. The models were large enough
that the owner also took the unique step of rigging and ballasting the most promising of them, and
sailing them against each other with two-men crews. The variability of conditions on the water,
however, rendered this part of the testing less useful than had been hoped.
Matador2 was significantly longer and heavier than her competitors, with more sail area. On the standard
windward-leeward race courses, she had a speed advantage in all wind strengths, and won three
consecutive Maxi Class World Championships from 1990 to 1992.