Archive for ‘Class News’

February 14, 2011

Mystere 4.3 Class is 10!!! Class site moves on…

Can you all believe it has been 10 full years since this journey began. January 2001, Mike Fahle called a few of us. Shortly thereafter I created a web site so that we could share photos, information, and status of delivery. The word spread and we bought 30 boats, sight unseen! On Friday April 20, 2001, 30 boats were unloaded and assembled at Park McRitchie’s warehouse in Port Clinton, Ohio.  Jamie Diamond and Dave Fort lead the creation of class rules supporting an open sail plan.  Another round was delivered in 2002 for the first “nationals” at Alum Creek. It has been a great time and most of the boats are still racing strong and are well cared for. It remains probably the strongest class in Ohio.

After 10 years of maintaining a hand built web site for the Mystere 4.3 class, I think it is time to move on to current technology. I have moved most of the content from the previous site to this implementation. This will allow the class to have multiple authorized editors, and hopefully will contribute to more active class news and discussion. The new implementation will be using WordPress in their cloud instance. WordPress is the most popular blogging software. It is much more suited to the kind of communication needed to support a sailing class than a hand built web site. This will change also allows me to shut down the last hosted site on my home server. I can power down that beast and the lights will get a little brighter in my house. The most recent releases of search engines favor known blogging and social software like WordPress in their rankings. This move will provide continued high ranking for the Mystere web presence.

I will leave both sites running for a short period of review by the class members. After which, I will shut down the old web presence and move the main domain name to point at this site. Please comment on this post for any issues you may discover.

To see the old site, go to

To another great 10 years for the Mystere 4.3 Owners Association!!!

Mike Teets

February 14, 2011

Class Rules

The most recent Mystere 4.3 Catamaran Class rules are here:  m43classrules


January 14, 2010

Mystere and the 4.3 History

In 1980, Yves Sansoucy started manufacturing catamarans as his sailing school had difficulty obtaining parts for their imported boats.  He started with larger 6.0 meter boats and moved to smaller boats later.  The 4.3 began its life in 1999 as a Mystere Tyca designed by Alain Cumming for French training schools.   A sudden dip in the economy in France left Yves with excess stock of 4.3’s.   Yves contacted Mike Fahle, a long time Mystere racer, and the wheels went into motion.  As a complete volunteer effort, Mike led the Ohio sailors through the delivery of 30 new boats in April 2001.   All of these were committed over a few months, sight-unseen, with only a few grainy pictures of European Tycas.  The boat filled a void between the simple Hobie Wave and the popular high-tech 20’s that were really too big for small lake sailing.  Following quickly from the popularity, Yves agreed to provide the 2002 US Youth Nationals with 20 4.3s.   Mike again orchestrated the sale of these boats mostly to Ohio sailors.  The result has been a solid, sustained one design class for Ohio and neighboring state sailors.   A few boats have strayed as far as Texas and Florida but the majority remain in the Ohio area.  With the decline in boat sales and general economic conditions, Mystere is no longer producing boats.

Current 4.3 owners now deal with the irony of limited manufacturer part availability.   The fleet Yahoo discussion list remains the best source for resourceful, creative, smart owners who can suggest alternatives to any needed part.  The sails, tramp, lines,  blocks, and standing rigging are all commercially available.  The mast and beams are so bulletproof that replacement will likely never be needed.  For the remaining few Mystere only parts, if it was made by man once, it can be made by man again!

December 14, 2009

Mystere factory site is now parked

The site for the Mystere factory is now parked.  No information is available concerning the availability of parts.  The Sansoucy sailing school appears to still be active and have race results posted for 2009.  See They are actively racing Mystere 6.0s at this location.

December 14, 2007

The wiki experiment for web site maintenance was discontinued in 2007

The wiki experiment for web site maintenance was discontinued in 2007  The static page can be found at

Please consider this site as the official site.

July 28, 2006

Mystere Factory and Part Availability 7/28/2006

Mystere Factory and Part Availability 7/28/2006

Mystere has been purchased and the factory moved.  The future of boat building is not clear.  Support continues through the Yves Sansoucy sailing school at  (450)472-8042.  Call on the phone as I hear emails are rarely returned but phone calls are returned the same day.

April 30, 2004

Class Rules Updated to reflect correct sail size 4/30/2004

Class Rules Updated to reflect correct sail size 4/30/2004

February 27, 2004

Formula 14 discussions at Catsailor Formula 14 Forum

Formula 14 discussions at Catsailor Formula 14 Forum 02/27/2004