SailNet's roving race correspondent Zack Leonard visited the Florida panhandle to compete in this annual gathering of trailerable trimarans.
Blasting off on a reach, the F-31 offers adrenaline-pumping speed for the racer and modest amenities for the cruiser.
Corsair sailors have a favorite function on their handheld GPS
devices. It's called Max Speed. Max Speed logs of your top speed over the course of a GPS
session. If you leave a handheld GPS
switched on while you're out racing one of these Ian Farrier-designed trimarans, you are sure to see some mindboggling numbers on the Max Speed display at the end of the day.
This was the case for many of the 43 racing and 20 cruising entries at this year's Corsair Nationals, an annual gathering of trailerable multihulls. Corsair Marine builds three Farrier designed trimarans—the F-24, F-28, and F-31—each a variation on the theme that Corsair and Farrier have been refining for some 17 years. The boats are lightweight, super-high-performance multihulls intended for short-distance cruising and high-speed racing. Each of these boats, which fold up for trailering, enables owners to do exploratory camper-cruising while logging serious miles in a given day. While cruising, an F-31 sailor can expect to average 12-14 knots in moderate to strong breezes, adding up to an easy 100 miles a day.