|These three Striders
are all boats we had ourselves. |
This one we built in 1987 and
was the first Strider with a big rig and wider overall beam. We won
both the UK and European National Championships in 1987, as well as
several other events. When we sold it the new owner said it made a
good fishing platform - not bad for an ex racing boat!
built Woods Express in 1998 as an experiment in lightweight
building. Expecting it to last one season, it is still sailing 12
years later. There was only 60kgs of glass used in the whole boat.
Two people could lift a hull. All up racing weight, including safety
gear etc was 580kgs (a Firebird weighs around 720kgs a Dragonfly
It was extremely quick in light winds, in fact we
beat all Firebirds and Dragonflies in its first race. Un fortunately
Richard then fell off the boat while moving it in the marina nd
severly gashed his leg and we weren't able to race it properly
(The following year we sailed the Strider Clubs to the
|Our third Strider,
Striderman, was built in 1992. We bought two secondhand hulls and
fitted a new rig. A new racing class "F1" for smaller
micromultihulls was being promoted and we drew a rig to suit the
class. Richard raced it with several different crews and won the F1
championships and finished 3rd in the National Championships that
year (Rodney Pattisson, triple Olympic medallist came 4th in a F24.
Striderman beat the F24 over the line in every race except
Although the boat used standard grp hulls, by paying
careful attention to weight throughout the fit out, Striderman was
150kgs lighter than the next lightest Strider. We used the motto "if
in doubt leave it out", hence no windows, a wire mainsheet horse, no
outboard, etc etc. It resulted in a successful, cheap project and
gave us a lot of fun that year.