The Pulse 600 saved my life...

Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway... In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40's asking the question "what's next?".  I learned to sail at age 7.  I won my first national championship at 11, was a four-year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997.  After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full-time Olympic campaigns.  ... Read More »
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Corsair Nationals - the order of play

Here is the order of play for the Corsair Nationals hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.  Thanks to beer sponsorships from Corsair dealer Windcraft Boats, Calvert Sails, and the hosting Corsair dealer, Finish Line of the Treasure Coast this event won't lack for refreshment (after the racing of course).  Live music, auctions, prize draws, and dinners mean this will be a fun filled event!  Remember that the whole family is welcome, and with 26 boats already registered, you're sure to make new... Read More »
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180 Marine in San Diego with the Pulse 600

San Diego... where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe. Out on Point Loma on Shelter Island, we had 3 fabulous days showing off the Pulse 600. Families, couples, and single dudes came out to see and test sail this incredibly versatile folding trimaran. The boat is stable enough to be left afloat folded up in a single slip, which many owners do in between sailing sessions to make getting underway... Read More »
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Why join us at the 2015 Corsair Rendezvous?

Ask sailors who have traveled across the country to experience the Corsair Community at a recent Corsair Rendezvous and Nationals in San Francisco or Lake Erie: 2013 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals - San Francisco, California 2014 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals - Lake Erie, Put-In-Bay, Ohio Here’s why I’m going to the 20th Annual Event… 1. This year Corsair has an especially strong cruising agenda to take advantage of the great April weather in Pensacola, Florida! The Pensacola Yacht Club, and... Read More »
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Windcraft Trimaran Sailing Clinic with Randy Smyth

Another successful Trimaran Sailing Clinic was hosted October 4-5, 2014 by Corsair Dealer Windcraft at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club in the Florida Panhandle. 16 students saw their sailing skills and knowledge dramatically improve over the two days of this clinic, taught by world class multihull sailor and coach Randy Smyth and four assistant coaches. Students of all levels of experience from novice to highly experienced were introduced to Randy’s simple but highly effective techniques... Read More »
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2015 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals

  NATIONALS INTRO  I  RESOURCES  I  ATTENDEES  I  RENDEZVOUS INFO  I  ONLINE REGISTRATION____________________________________________________________________________________________ We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the very first Corsair Nationals which was held in Pensacola in 1994, setting the precedent for several great events to follow. Our goal is to make this an event that caters equally to both racers and recreational sailors by upping the fun factor and adding... Read More »
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Righting a Corsair Trimaran

You'll definitely want to memorize these instructions - you won't be able to read these 15 steps in the water! Here are the instructions about how to right a capsized Corsair Trimaran. Even if it never happens to you, you'll want to know how to help any multihull sailor... instructions are straight out of the new Corsair Sailing Manual:  Righting at sea, unless outside help is available, is probably not a feasible option as yet. Probably better to leave the craft as it is, where the crew are... Read More »
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How to Handle a Capsize

Capsizing can happen to the best of us... and although trimarans have the lowest rate of capsizing, it still can happen to you. Here is an excerpt about how to handle a potential capsizing from the new Corsair Marine Sailing Manual : Capsize is always a possibility even if a remote one and should it ever occur, stay calm and make sure all crew are accounted for. Anyone inside can stay there, it being safe for some time. There is no danger of sinking. When sailing offshore the following items... Read More »
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Corsair Trimaran Sailing Hints

I was reading the new Corsair Marine Sailing Manual where I noticed several great Corsair trimaran sailing tips I wanted to share: Corsair trimarans have several unique sailing features, one of these being the ability to make continuous 360° turns in the one spot. To do this, while going to windward for instance, just tack, but don’t touch any of the sheets. You will continue to turn, jibe and tack again indefinitely. This can be a handy tactic on starting lines! A simple way of heaving is to... Read More »
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Windcraft Trimaran Performance Sailing Clinic Taught by Randy Smyth

In spite of unsettled weather, the first of Windcraft's two annual Performance Sailing Clinics taught by Randy Smyth went off successfully the weekend of May 31/June1 at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club in north Florida. The goal was to help owner's and future owners of Corsair Trimarans and other Farrer-designed trimarans to get the most out of their boats, both safely and efficiently. We were very fortunate to have a world class sailor and sailing coach Randy Smyth as chief instructor. Randy... Read More »
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Spinnaker Sailing Downwind

The new Corsair Marine Sailing Manual has this article about the spinnaker sailing downwind. It caught my eye, so, I wanted to share: On first using an asymmetric spinnaker you may be disappointed with downwind performance with a fixed mast-unless you take note of what is said here. The asymmetric cannot match a full symmetric spinnaker straight downwind because of the smaller, flatter area and a restricted ability to project to windward. The major advantage is considerably easier handling and... Read More »
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Spinnaker jibing on your Corsair trimaran

I was reading the new Corsair Marine Sailing Manual and this article about spinnaker jibbing... I wanted to share some of the options you have: The asymmetric spinnaker can be jibed either through inside in front of the screacher or forestay or around the outside. With ‘inside’ jibing the sheets are run between the spinnaker tack and the screacher if fitted, forestay if not. Outside jibing requires the sheets to be run outside the spinnaker tack. Inside jibing is probably the most common, as... Read More »
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The spinnaker is a very easy sail to use on a trimaran

Reading the new Corsair Marine Sailing Manual ...these helpful tips about spinnaker basics are key, so I wanted to share: SPINNAKER The spinnaker is a very easy sail to use on a trimaran, due to the wide beam and level sailing. The spinnaker thus becomes a very practical and safe sail for family sailing with very few control problems. All Corsair trimarans use an asymmetric spinnaker which are the easiest to use, and the fastest if used correctly. The asymmetric spinnaker can be launched from... Read More »
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New to sailing? Check out fleet racing.

Fleet racing is the most common form of competitive sailing that involves boats racing around a course. Fleet racing can be either 'one-design' or 'handicap'. One design racing, as at the Olympic Sailing Competition means that boats racing against each other are all the same - the same design, the same sail area etc. Handicap racing means different types of boat can race against each other. Each boat has a handicap or rating so that their finish times can be adjusted or their start time... Read More »
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The Trim

The first sailboat we bought was of course a Corsair tri! Thanks to Don Wigston our dream came true, and Off The Grid is now cruising the Nature Coast. Only a tri gives you the room to really see into your sails to get the best trim possible, and enjoy some speed while light wind sailing in very shallow water. Keep building these fantastic boats! Joern Name: Joern Hebestreit State: Florida Country: USA Read More »
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It's time to prepare for next year’s sailing season.

Now that the sailing season is winding down or has wound down for most of us its time to think about boat maintenance. Help preserve your Corsair trimaran's gel coat by giving it a thorough waxing and buffing. This protects the gel coat from further deterioration (oxidization) and will pay dividends when eventually (perish the thought) its time to sell your boat. Also take the time to “winterize” your Corsair trimaran's motor--which at the very least means flushing out any residual salt water... Read More »
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New Corsair Trimaran Sailing Manual

Question: When is the long anticipated new sailing manual going to be available? Name: Dana Stoffregen Boat_Type: C28R Answer: Great Question, Dana! There have been so many improvements and additions in the Corsair model line, this new manual is highly anticipated. It will be published in mid-November 2013 covering all of our multihull sailboats, and it will have new photos of the latest models of Corsair trimarans for sale. We will send an email notice to everyone on our mailing list, so... Read More »
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Multihull vs Monohull Advantages

What are the key differences between catamarans and trimarans? Here are the basics: Level Sailing The most noticeable thing about sailing a catamaran or trimaran vs a traditional monohull is the lack of heeling. Even when powered up, a cat or tri will rarely heel more than 5-10 degrees before it’s time to reef. Gone are the days of bracing yourself in the cockpit, and living your life underway at 20+ degrees of angle. It’s a much more relaxing and convenient way to sail. No question about that.... Read More »
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West Coast Sailing School an ASA Training Facility

We’ve teamed up with the American Sailing Association (ASA) to become the leader in sailing instruction geared towards multihull sailboats. We get you on a catamaran faster than anybody in the San Diego area. West Coast Sailing School has the boats and instructors to get you from a beginning sailor to capably skippering a large catamaran on your own. Our system is set up to maximize your time sailing, and get sailors aboard catamarans as quickly as possible.   Our sailing school philosophy and... Read More »
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West Coast Multihulls will be making a big splash in Long Beach!

Join us at Strictly Sail Long Beach, California on October 24-27, 2013. There's something for everyone, from beginning sailors to seasoned skippers. See and board the area's best selection of new and brokerage sailboats displayed in the water. Browse exhibits showcasing the latest in sailing gear and accessories. Plus, "Take the Helm" sailing clinics, and sailing simulator, "Try It Cove" on-water activities, demos and more!   Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training on a Seawind 1160 Nothing... Read More »
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