A chat with the Skipper.
Festival of Sails: What is your best memory/achievement sailing on this boat?
Tigress: Early on we competed in a Wednesday twilight. In light winds and flat seas we sailed away from the fleet. The boat was magic.
FOS: What do you love most about your boat?
Tigress: Simplicity and performance.
The Flying Tiger 10 was designed as a dead simple sportsboat. It has a bare interior, retractable keel, removable transom-hung rudder, and swept-spreader carbon rig. Its light displacement, open transom, bowsprit and masthead asymmetric spinnaker equate to great downwind and reaching performance. Having purchased Tigress from Pittwater in June 2016, where boat had been day sailed and never raced, we have been running the original 2007 dacron cruising sails, yet have achieved polar performance. We have some work to do to get competitive upwind angles and performance and are currently looking at rig tuning and sail options.
I have sailed on 40 footers which do 10 knots irrespective of trim and conditions. It was point to point sailing. On a sportsboat you connect with the elements, feel acceleration, and constantly make course and trim changes. That’s real sailing.
FOS: How many times have you sailed in FOS?
Tigress: Three or four times ……… three on a Jeanneau Sunfast 36, Spirit of Rani, co-owned with Ian Robottom, including a series win in the Cruising Spinnaker Division, and once on an Archambault A35, Phantom in the AMS Performance Division, surviving a southerly buster and 40 knots plus when other yachts were dismasted.
FOS: Why have you chosen to compete in FOS 2017?
Tigress: It’s one of the great sailing experiences for skippers and crew. If you sail in Geelong the FOS is a must.
FOS: Do you have your crew confirmed? If so, mention them here!
Tigress: We have 6 crew committed for the FOS.
Rob Sutherland – skipper, helm, tactician, coach and mentor. CIC. Calm in most circumstances, but has been known to be “un-calm”
Paul Loughnan – foredeck – ex catamaran sailor and Subaru World Rally Series engineer, Paul is great to bounce off for technical issues ……. the professional
Bruce McKechnie – main – experienced Sydney 38 sailor with multiple Sydney to Hobarts ……. the guru
Janet Tucker – genoa trim – introduced win and learn analysis to our post race reviews … over multiple beers …… the corporate high performance coach
David Sykes – genoa trim – experienced RGYC sailor ………… the director
Michael Sims – pit – ex Ford engineer ……. the rookie
We wish Tigress and Skipper Robert Sutherland the best of luck! Tigress will be competing in the Cruising with Spinnaker division.