Design #329 - IMS 43
The boat is uncompromised with her clean hull shape and deep draft keel. The sail plan is generous, but not excessive, and sports a fractional, four spreader, full race rig. She is designed with high stability and has super efficient, high aspect rudder and keel foils enabling her to generate maximum speed in a variety of wind conditions. The crew of the first FLASH GORDON requested a deck layout similar to that of the first boat with some minor changes that were uniquely suited to their particular needs. It is basically the same as the original FLASH, utilizing a tiller along with the runner winches aft of the helmsman while the main sheet winches are forward giving the crew ample room.
The interior is built strictly for racing, yet conforms to all IMS Racing Division Requirements. The owner and crew felt that bare bones accommodations were all that was necessary, wanting to keep the boat fast. Four crew can sleep comfortably on the weather side during overnight races. Both the three burner stove and ice box are forward, while the nav station is conveniently located just aft of the companionway.
This dynamic crew has done a tremendous job of campaigning the first FLASH GORDON with many impressive victories in 1994 including regattas such as: Rolex Commodores Cup (1st IMS 2), Southern Ocean Racing Conference (3rd IMS 2), Chicago NOOD (1st), Rolex IMS Championship (1st overall racing division) and Key West Race Week (1st IMS B). Now, with their new boat decked out in their striking silver and red graphics, the Chicago crew has already had an outstanding beginning this year placing 1st in IMS B at Key West Race Week and 2nd in IMS B at S.O.R.C. Their 1995 US IMS tour will also include such regattas as the Chicago to Mackinaw Race, Big Boat Series, Rolex Championship at Long Island and then Kenwood Cup.