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March 2, 2004

Newsletter March 2004

MYSTERE 4.3 OWNERS’ NEWSLETTER 3/2/2004 Mike Fahle


GREETINGS: Hi everyone, The temperature has flirted with 60 in Toledo for the last two days and the hard water (ICE, for you southern types) blew out of Maumee Bay yesterday – it has been so nice that it reminded me that it is time to get a newsletter out to help everyone plan for the upcoming sailing season. There are some very noteworthy news items to report and there is some “housekeeping” to do, so I’ll get started.

NEW WEBSITE: Mike Teets has updated the Mystere 4.3 owners website. The new address is: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/index2.html Please make sure you let Mike know your appreciation for his voluntary (that means that Mike pays for it and does all the work) efforts on behalf of the class. If it is not activated when you read this try again soon. Let Mike know if you want to post a notice and let me know if you want something announced in a newsletter. We both encourage owner input and involvement. (website note: the default site is now active at http://mystereowners.org/mystere)

OWNER CONTACT INFO: This is another “housekeeping” part. Please let me know about any ownership changes – if you sold a boat let me know the contact info of the buyer and if you want to be deleted from the newsletter list. If your contact info has changed (primarily your e-mail address, let me know that, too. I know that this is like asking who is not present at a meeting to raise their hand but maybe you will know of someone who changed their e-mail address and pass it on to me and also be reminded to do this yourself if your e-mail address changes. All newsletters get posted to the owners website thanks to Mike Teets but you will get it as soon as possible if I have your address. Also, having at least a loosely organized class should be a selling point for the boat if you are considering that so that should be a good reason to get the new owners to share their contact info. This is a good time to remind you that I use the contact info list strictly for this purpose (communicating class related info) only.

2004 EVENT SCHEDULE: One of the advantages of being a Mystere 4.3 owner is having extra event options compared to other cat owners, in this region at least. You can plan on attending the regular four OCRA regattas this year for one-design sailing along with the standard OCRA Portsmouth handicap fleet racing. Access the OCRA website for the latest info regularly at: http://www.sailocra.com/ Make sure that you pre-register ASAP for events to help the organizers plan better (I know this helps us a lot for the RTB race) and to let the other M-4.3 owners know to join you at the events you plan to attend!

A new event on the OCRA schedule for 2004 is the Green Island race regatta at Port Clinton Yacht Club in Port Clinton, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie between Toledo and Sandusky. It is nearly a perfect place for racing beach cats because it has a big sandy beach with a nice grassy strip between the access road and the beach. There are club restroom and shower facilities right next to the beach. The yacht club has all the usual amenities and even has a swimming pool that is open to guests. The club hosts many sailing racing events and we have one of the best Principal Race Officers in the Midwest to organize and run the event – Doug Young. If his name sounds familiar to you it may be because he purchased two of the boats from the initial 30 boat order. This event will be unique because it will feature buoy racing on Saturday and a “long distance” race of about 17 miles – the long running annual Green Island Race. I have raced that race on big boats for over 25 years and I can tell you that it is going to give you goose bumps to start the race and look back to see dozens of big boats chasing you around the course!! That Monday is a holiday (Labor Day) for you to enjoy the myriad other recreational opportunities in the area or just to relax back at home. This is one that you will definitely want to attend this year! For more info as it becomes available check out the PCYC website at: http://www.portclintonyachtclub.com/
We also have several other events that we can attend:
Staying at PCYC for another moment; we are invited back again this year as a class to the “Can” race in August with the Interlake class and have a cookout and picnic with them afterwards. We even get awards on the spot while the Interlakes have to wait until the end of the season. This is a laid back race out to the navigation buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back with plenty of time afterward for socializing and eating.

Here in Toledo we have the Jolly Roger Sailing Club annual small boat “Cat Tail” regatta the first weekend in June. It was changed to a one day event last year which was blown out but I suspect they will stay with that format again for this year. The cost is always low and we have a good time sailing out of the Maumee Bay Catamaran Club (aka Mike and Carol Fahle’s place). Anyone is welcome to stay here, save money and socialize before and after (first come first served). More info will be available at the JRSC website at: http://www.luckey.net/ayc/jrsc/

At the end of the season last year we were invited as a class to participate in the North Cape Yacht Club Fall Blowout regatta – another long-running class invitational event. This is the same venue as the RTB Race (another great site, facility, and good RC work) and it will probably be on October 16th. There will be more info in future newsletters.

The first event of the year is the Spring Fever Regatta at Lake Hartwell near Hartwell Georgia. Several M-4.3 owners are already pre-registered. We had a class last year and already we have at least five boats registered to make a class again this year. For more info look at the website at: http://www.twinhulls.com/springfever2004/
An additional attraction this year is the recent formation of an F-14 class – a formula class for boats of a maximum hull length of 4.3 meters – what a coincidence for us, huh? J Well, not exactly. Several Mystere 4.3 owners “spoke up” in time and made sure that our boats fit inside the new rule. The Spring Fever will be the first time that we get a chance to race other 14 footers under the F-14 concept while still keeping our class results separate – sort of like we do in OCRA but Formula racing means the rest of the fleet will still be racing boat for boat instead of using Portsmouth Handicap ratings. It should be very interesting and you can read more about it on the Catamaran Sailor website under the new F-14 forum at: http://www.catsailor.com/ Mike Teets has added a link to it on the revamped owners’ website, too.

MORE INFO: What else do you want to know or to announce? Let me know and it will be in the next newsletter before May. Think spring and get ready to go sailing!

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August 3, 2003

Newsletter August 2003

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 – 11:11 pm:


Mystere 4.3 Owners’ Newsletter – SUMMER 2003 edited by: Mike Fahle

Editor’s GREETINGS – Hi everyone. Since the last newsletter in the spring we have had two new owners join the ranks for the “Smart people” by buying a Mystere 4.3. Please welcome Jim Hickox from King of Prussia, PA. and Tim Tackett in Port Clinton who purchased Doug Blackburn’s boat. This is another reminder that the newsletter and website are intended to increase the owners’ enjoyment of their Mystere 4.3s by sharing information and good times. So if anyone has any questions, concerns, news, or events to share, please send them to the website and to the newsletter editor to inform and include all the other owners. I hope to see all the owners at an event this season and hope to see the Mystere class with the most boats at all the events also. Dave Fort has asked that all the Mystere 4.3 owners be notified to pre-register and attend the Stray Cat Regatta. He hosts this event and has two Mysteres so come out and support his efforts! Check the website often for news and for help and thank Mike Teets for being a good host! The Mystere owners’ website address is: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/

REGATTAS

Stray Cat Regatta: Dave Fort has asked me to remind all the Mystere 4.3 owners to attend the next OCRA regatta which is the Stray Cat Regatta at Lake Pymatuning on the Ohio border with Pennsylvania. It will be held July 26-27 and you should pre-register at the OCRA website: http://www.sailocra.com

Catawba Can / Commodore’s Cup Race: The next event is by invitation only for the Mystere 4.3 owners and the Interlake class at Port Clinton Yacht Club on Sunday, August 17, 2003. Mystere 4.3s have been invited back to the Port Clinton Yacht Club’s Can Race. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This is for just a single race on Sunday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB race) and it is a more relaxed event with a potluck lunch hosted by the Interlake class after the race. Go to http://www.portclintonyachtclub.com/ to access the Can Race NOR and SI’s. Click on ‘Commodores Cup’

Alum Creek Regatta – September 27th and 28th at Alum Creek State Park just north of Columbus: see the OCRA website for more info and to pre-register.

Stay tuned for an announcement about a regatta at Alum Creek a couple of weeks after the regatta mentioned above. Last year the Mystere 4.3s were invited to race in a local event there and had a good time in heavier wind common in the fall. Maybe we will get to do that again this year.

RESULTS: Spring Fever Regatta held at Lake Hartwell on the border of Georgia and South Carolina on April 18 –20. http://www.twinhulls.com/springfever2003/

Winona Lake Cup Regatta May 17-18 in Indiana. http://home.earthlink.net/~sailwinona/

May Day Regatta at Caesar Creek Lake and
‘Round The Bay Race results for both at the OCRA website at: http://www.sailocra.com/ The RTB race had 42 entries and for the first time in nine years since the start of this event, all boats started and finished! The weather was nearly perfect and the first Mystere 4.3 did the course in just under 4 hours and was the fourth boat across the finish line.

BOATS/OWNERS – There was a new listing of boat owners in the Fall 2002 newsletters. Please let Mike Fahle know if there are any changes in ownership so that the newsletter mailing list is kept current. The owners’ e-mail list is strictly for the use of the newsletter and contacting each other. Check out this list for the latest updates.

New ideas/ Commentary – Anyone who has tried something new in terms of rigging or trailering or anything related to the boats, please share with the other owners. The mast rake that Jamie Diamond initiated late last summer has been shown to be better than the initial rig set-up but John Williams definitely learned that you can have too much of a good thing when he raked his rig so far that he could not sheet the main tight enough to get a firm leech at the Spring Fever Regatta. I think that I have found the “sweet spot” but I have not measured the forestay length yet. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will give you the measurement. I do know that it is where the shrouds that came on last year’s boats are at the bottom hole of the adjusters and that required a long shackle added to the full length of the forestay but I do not know how that compares to the other boats out there, so a good measurement is needed before anyone tries to copy. The extra rake allows the boat to point a little higher and provides better control in higher winds.

SPARE PARTS – Two new spinnakers are for sale: one .75 oz (light) that is the original green color and one 1.5 oz (heavy)that is all blue. There are two new style (nylon spinnaker material) snuffer bags and some new dacron jibs available also. Other parts available include: spare battens, a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested should contact Mike or Carol Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or via e-mail.

FINAL THOUGHT – (Apply this to sailing more often or to attending regattas)
“If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you are probably right!

October 6, 2002

Newsletter October 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, October 06, 2002 – 11:16 pm:


Mystere 4.3 Owners’ Newsletter – Fall 2002 by: Mike Fahle

GREETINGS – The racing season ends next week in Ohio which is actually a bonus since the Mystere 4.3 group at Alum Creek recently got our class invited to the “Alum Cup”, otherwise the season would have already ended. So if you are not ready to be done racing this season then come to Alum Creek next weekend for what could be billed as “the last chance regatta”, at least here in Ohio.

ALUM CUP – Dates: October 12 & 13 Location: Alum Creek Marina, on Hollenback Rd.
Times : Saturday 9:30 skippers meeting Saturday 10:30 first race Sunday 10:30 first race
Fees: I-LYA members $10.00 Non-affiliated individuals $15.00

EVENT REPORTS –

CAN RACE – Last year the Mystere 4.3 class owners were invited to race at Port Clinton Yacht Club (PCYC) with the Interlake fleet there thanks to Doug Young. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This year they invited us back on Sunday, August 18th. The day was light –medium wind; just right for being between hiking and trapezing – usually hiking. The wind was from the Northwest so that each way was a very close spinnaker reach or a looser jib reach. The big surprise of the day was when Brad Culbert flew by everyone from back in the pack sailing just jib and main, establishing a nice lead almost out to the Catawba Can when he capsized. We learned later that he was well lathered with sun tan lotion and slid right off the trampoline when his boat started to heel. He had been laying across the tramp on his back looking at the sails and just fell in! He showed blazing speed on the whole class before swimming and this was his very first race. We have to get him out again to learn his secrets. After the race we had a great pot-luck lunch with the Interlake sailors and then the awards presentation by PRO, Doug Young. Results are posted on the owners’ website (http://mystereowners.org/mystere/).

ALUM CREEK – This is always a fun regatta just north of Columbus, Ohio, counts as one of the OCRA season counters, and is held on one of the best inland lake venues available. The wind was from the SSW and light each race and often pretty frustrating, especially when the wind would take a break. One sailor lowered his jib while sailing downwind on one occasion to try to get the spinnaker to fill when it temporarily became nearly a drifter and that worked to see the spinnaker better, too. The RC was able to get two races in before lunch and when they tried for more in the afternoon, the wind puked! So they sent us in to prepare for the party at (Mystere 4.3 owners) Anne and Duncan Spillman’s new house. The excitement that evening was when the kids found a swarm of bees that attacked them while they were playing in the woods! The next day, the wind was very light in the morning with fog and the racers needed to be coaxed out to race. Then the wind did about a 120 degree shift and settled in from the NNW with a little increase, making the weather mark placement closer to shore and causing some real “swirlies” there at times. It required being able to “keep your head out of the boat” and handling the boat well without too much attention which was needed to look for the wind on the course. Results are posted on the OCRA website (http://www.sailocra.com/).

SNOW FLURRIES – This is a long running regatta that used to have a large one-design section to go with the large “big boat” section on separate courses. The one-design portion was not held for a few years, then started up again with mostly just Interlakes. Now it is open to beach cats and is an OCRA event. It is also another one day event and was the last OCRA event this year. The Mystere 4.3 class was seven boats out of fifteen total cats, so our class is dominating OCRA and allowed for some nice one-design racing. With two more boats we would have been awarded the trophy for the class with the most
boats. The racing featured trying to sail the Mysteres through large waves on the Lake Erie south shore
that were left over from a pretty brisk Northeasterly that was rapidly easing into the hiking only stage and then, for the third and last race, into the “please keep blowing!” stage. Mike Fahle tried to get out early only to just get into the trapeze, sheet in, and promptly pitchpole upwind! The boat just drove right into a big wave, probably amplified by the Jet Express ferry boat or something similar, and when the wave hit the main beam the boat slowed so fast that he couldn’t uncleat the main before being launched toward the bows. Working to redeem himself for such an embarrassing episode, he led the Mystere 4.3s at every mark but one in the three races. Jamie Diamond was shamelessly conducting head games on Bob Everson between races but he did show significantly better pointing ability upwind, right after working on his standing rigging to increase the rig rake (see article below). He finished second each race and Bob would have been third for the regatta if he had not been over early one race. Instead, Lou Young (Doug’s brother) took third. Lou owns a Corsair F-28R that has won the Nationals and routinely wins the PHRF multihull class in distance races on Lake Erie. The results are posted on the OCRA website. Carol Fahle provided the scoring and RC services needed to pull this “extra” regatta off for OCRA.

BOATS/OWNERS – The new boats are all sold and two boats in Port Clinton have recently changed ownership. The mailing list reflects the changes but here are all of them for this season for your information: (Please let Mike Fahle know of any others not listed here)
Owners of new boats: Todd Hart – Manteo, N.C., Jon Britt – Duck, N.C. , Phillipe Ritter – Fort Worth, Tx., David Rain – Lutz, Fl. , Bob Everson – Liberty Township, Oh., Tim Pickering – Delaware, Oh., Jim Higgins – Charlotte, N.C., Paul Hubbard – Cleveland, Oh., Eric Farnsworth – Madison, Wi., Mike Fahle – Toledo, Oh., Jamie Diamond – Columbus, Oh., Paul Steed – Glen Ellyn, Il.
New Owners of 2001 boats (whose boat they bought): John Williams – Pensacola, Fl. (Mike Fahle) John Knight, Cleveland, Oh.(Lou Young), Matt Lescohier– Indianapolis, In. (Paul Steed), Tom Houston – Cleveland, Oh. (Jamie Diamond), Bill Holt – Toledo, Oh. (Larry Logsdon).

SPARE PARTS – We have two spinnakers for sale: one .75 oz (light) that is the original green color and one 1.5 oz (heavy)that is all blue. There are two new style (nylon spinnaker material) snuffer bags and some new dacron jibs available also. We also have spare battens, a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested should contact Mike or Carol Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or e-mail.

PLANNING – Mystere sponsors a National Championship series each year in Canada. We can offer incentives again next year for regatta attendance as was done last year (read previous newsletters) and hold our own U.S. National Championship series at locations around the eastern U.S. where there are owners willing to host such a regatta. We would have at least five regattas – the North Carolina group wants us to come sail on the Outer Banks for a regatta and John Williams wants us in the Florida panhandle for a regatta. The owners near Lake Carlisle could choose an event for that location and we could have two in the OCRA season counters, such as Ceasar’s Creek and Alum Creek. We could score the events like we do the OCRA season results with a throwout. Please provide your input on this plan to Mike Fahle and/or throw ideas out on the Owners’ forum – Note the new website address: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/ – and discuss this at the upcoming events so that we can plan for next year in time for vacation schedules. Last year the incentive was based on the BOAT’S participation which worked well and helped new people try it out, so we should keep that. Let’s hear your ideas!

RIGGING MODIFICATIONS – Look for more details about rigging changes on the owners’ website. All owners are encouraged to share their ideas and developments with all the other owners to keep making the boats faster, easier, simpler, better! Meanwhile, Jamie Diamond has been experimenting with rig rake. Early results look promising. We will compare boat performance at the Alum Cup and if his changes work, we will report exact shroud and forestay lengths for everyone to copy easily if they decide. Here is Jamie’s rationale and description of what he is doing:

I don’t know what length shrouds I ended up with. I didn’t touch the forestay and I really need a longer one. Here is my rational: My goal when setting up the Mystere 4.3 is to give it us much mast rake as it will stand. By that I mean that I rake the mast back until, if I went any further, I would not be able to get adequate leech tension when sheeting hard. This is determined by raking the mast until the mainsheet blocks just touch each other when you have cranked in on the mainsheet as hard as you ever will. To get close to that I made the following changes:
1.) Replaced the existing chain plates with the 11-hole chain plates all the way around (forestay and both shrouds).
2.) Shortened the shrouds by one swage. i.e. I cut the shroud as close to the existing swage as I could, and then re-swaged it with as little additional length loss as possible.
3.) For last weekend (and the upcoming Alum regatta) I added a really long (approx. 2 inches) shackle to the top of the chainplate on the forestay artificially adding an extra 2 inches to the forestay length.
4.) At this point the shrouds are pinned in the top holes of the 11-hole chain plates and the forestay is pinned 2 inches above the top hole of an 11-hole chainplate.
5.) I changed the knot at the standing-end of the mainsheet from a bowline to a stoppered half-hitch (saving about an inch of mainsheet stack-height)
6.) After all of that I was still not quite going block to block on the mainsheet. (So I need to add a little more length to the forestay and take the shrouds down perhaps one hole before Alum, probably by adding a second chainplate to the forestay.)

The boat went upwind awesome. The rudders had a reasonably aggressive angle of attack and yet were not stalling out. The boat tacked quickly. The only bad news was I probably had between 5 and 10 lbs of apparent weather helm which meant steering upwind was a pain, or maybe even painful. I will rake the rudders forward significantly between now and Alum to relieve some of the apparent weather helm while preserving the angle of attack of the rudders. After Alum (over the winter) I will probably make a new forestay that is at least 5 inches longer. I may switch out my bottom triple mainsheet block to one without a becket. Removal of the becket and moving the standing-end of the mainsheet to a fairlead bolted to the top of the camcleat will save another 1 inch of stack height allowing even more mast rake if I want. If the boat still seems happy with that much mast rake then I would then pursue getting shorter shackles to hook everything to the mainsheet saving perhaps another half-inch or so.

The reason I do this, the reason I want as much mast rake as I can, is that the boat is a skeg boat. The best underwater foil the boat has is the rudder. The second best is the skeg. So I want to put as much of my sail area (center of effort) over the rudder as I can making it take as much of the underwater effort as is possible (observable via it’s angle of attack), and letting the rest of the boat drive through the water straight, minimizing form drag. I will stop optimizing in this direction when the rudder starts stalling too often or when the boat gets too underpowered to make up for the reduced underwater drag.

Editor’s note: BTW, this is what we learned about the Hobie Wave as well. People were even changing the tiller connector from on top the tillers to on bottom so that they could rake back even further (the sail would hit the tiller connector before the sheet was double-blocked). We shall see if the boats behave similarly to rig rake.

August 11, 2002

Newsletter August 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, August 11, 2002 – 08:48 pm:


GREETINGS – The Mystere owners website has a new address:
http://mystereowners.org/mystere/ Check it out – often! (Thanks, Mike
Teets) The summer is nearly over already – it sure is moving fast this year
for us because of all the work with the 4.3s and related events. Carol is
doing RC duty at the Can race next Sunday, the 18th, at PCYC, so it is still
not over for her. We have been invited back to this event as a Mystere 4.3
class only (not open to other cats or classes) by the resident Interlake
class at PCYC; a direct benefit of owning a Mystere 4.3! The rest of the
season includes a new OCRA event at PCYC, the Snowflurries regatta, and the
Alum Creek OCRA regatta. Several M-4.3s are pre-registered for the CRAM
Cat Fight III regatta, also (like John Williams from Florida). This IS the
time to get the boats out and enjoy them before the season is gone
completely!

THE BOAT DEAL – Yes, this again, but now there are more changes! The new
boats are complete with all the changes that we made during the season last
year and will have a nicer traveler, bigger diameter beams and a snuffer
that is UV resistant nylon so that you can keep the spinnaker inside without
damaging it, if you want. There are eight new owners so four boats are
left for purchase. Jamie Diamond claimed the last new one that was raced
and is looking to sell his first boat. The other three are for sale for
$3999 because they were not used in the Youth Championship and have never
been sailed. Word from Paul Steed is that one of these may be sold before
the Can race, leaving two. Please note: after this deal, the boats will
cost more and delivery will not be included. It is a long way to Montreal,
Quebec! Buy now and save! These boat are APPRECIATING in value, an
extremely rare phenomenon for beach cats! An incentive for selling one of
these boats is a free new jib or a free new snuffer bag, your choice.

UPCOMING EVENTS –
CAN RACE – Last year the Mystere 4.3 class owners were invited to race at
Port Clinton Yacht Club (PCYC) with the Interlake fleet there thanks to Doug
Young. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the
end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This year they have
invited us back on Sunday, August 18th. This is for just a single race on
Sunday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB
race) and we also get a great pot-luck lunch with the Interlake sailors
afterwards (that we should all contribute to). This facility is as nice as
NCYC and has a great sandy beach and (relatively) deep, weed-free water to
race in. This is a fun, low-key race with time for socializing. The race
starts at 11 A.M. and the cost is $10. Contact Doug Young for more info by
phone at: (419) 797-6441 or fax at: (419) 732-3174 or via e-mail at:
young@thirdplanet.net

ALUM CREEK – This is always a fun regatta just north of Columbus, Ohio at
the end of the season but this year it is moved up to September 21st & 22nd
and is a week before the Snowflurries regatta. It is one of the OCRA season
counters and the party will be held at (Mystere 4.3 owners) Anne and Duncan
Spillman’s new house. Hopefully we can race together with the Illinois
Mystere owners there!

SNOW FLURRIES – This is a long running regatta that used to have a large
one-design section to go with the large “big boat” section on separate
courses. The one-design portion was not held for a few years, then started
up again with mostly just Interlakes. Now it is open to beach cats and is
an OCRA event. It is also another one day event on Saturday, September
28th, and Doug Young MAY be able to hook-up interested sailors with big boat
mono or multihull crewing positions for the next day (the big boats race
both days) if you call him soon. It will be the last OCRA event this year.
All OCRA events are listed on the website at http://www.sailocra.com and will
feature more 4.3s than any other class!
REGATTA REPORTS –
YOUTH CAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – The BIG event was at PCYC from July
12 -14th. Several owners (Carol & Mike Fahle, Doug Young, Dave Fort, Jamie
Diamond, Kathy Clark, George Webb, Bob Everson, Joe Tracy, Paul Hubbard, Tim
Pickering, Doug Blackburn, Duncan Spillman, Steve & Connie Attard, )
answered the emergency call to help out. This was a great way to get our
cat well publicized and get more young people interested and involved in
catamaran sailing. The boats did not arrive until early Friday morning with
a racing seminar scheduled at 1 P.M. Friday for the competitors, focusing on
handling the 4.3. That meant that twelve boats and all equipment had to be
unloaded and assembled and tuned in just 7 hours!!! Without the help of
the owners, it could not have been done; but it was, and from observers on
the outside, I have been told that it all went very well. Local youths
(from the CRAM and OCRA areas) won the event – Chris Batchelor and Laura
Young – Doug’s daughter!

STRAY CAT – This OCRA regatta was moved to Lake Pymatuning this year from
Lake Erie where it has been held at different beaches over the years. It
was a very light air regatta – Carol and Mike Fahle bailed during the first
race as the wind died completely after once around and they were not in the
mood for drifting and baking. The races were postponed after the first
finish until the afternoon when a nice breeze filled in across the lake to
complete one long race. On Sunday the RC got two races in with more very
light breeze to make four total which allowed a throw out. The complete
results are posted on the OCRA website but the Mystere 4.3 finished first
overall! (Overall, overall, that is – ask Dave Fort about that)

SPARE PARTS – Mystere moved their factory just before the Youth
Championship which made life difficult for them. This probably accounts for
their problems with parts this year – last year with thirty boats there was
literally only one part missing! This year with only twelve boats there
were many missing pieces or problems with fit, length, etc. which made an
already challenging situation just a little chaotic! So Mystere has just
delivered all the parts needed to make all the corrections. We have two
spinnakers for sale: one .75 oz (light) and one 1.5 oz (heavy). Note: The
heavy spinnakers fly well in even very light air and should hold up to the
abuse of the snuffer better than the light ones. There are some new style
snuffer bags and some new jibs available also. We also have spare battens,
a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested in these
or a boat should call Mike Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or e-mail.

PLANNING – Start thinking about regattas for next year. We can offer
incentives again next year for regatta attendance – we will see what Mystere
will do for us. The North Carolina group wants us to come sail on the Outer
Banks for a regatta and John Williams wants us in the Florida panhandle for
a regatta. Think about setting up a traveler’s series and appropriate
incentives and throw ideas out on the Owners’ forum – Note the new website
address: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/ – and discuss this at the
upcoming events so that we can plan for next year in time for vacation
schedules. Last year the incentive was based on the BOAT’S participation
which worked well and helped new people try it out, so we should keep that.
Let’s hear your ideas!

PARTING THOUGHT – Come out and sail as much as possible in the next six
weeks… that’s all that’s left of our season! Let’s have fun together and
enjoy our great little boats!

June 7, 2002

Newsletter June 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Friday, June 07, 2002 – 09:07 am:


Mystere 4.3 Owners Newsletter – June 6th, 2002 by: Mike Fahle

GREETINGS – Everyone say “Hi!“ and “Congratulations!“ to Phillipe Ritter of Fort Worth, Texas as he is the latest smart person to order a Mystere 4.3! We are starting to get pretty well spread around – from all over Ohio and Illinois last year and now Florida and Texas this year. I think pretty soon we may see some show up in North Carolina, too. Time is running out for getting your relatives, friends, and neighbors into one of these fun, versatile, and under-priced, cats. Some have noticed that they are on a list with fewer names. We had to split the group to send these newsletters because the list has gotten too large. We will share the whole list with the owners to communicate together after the new boats are sold.

CAT TRAX ORDER – As advertised in the last newsletter, and just like last year, I will be making a quantity order to Cat Trax for new beach wheels. ANYONE can order, not just the new buyers. The order MUST be made in only TEN DAYS, Monday, June 16th. We are ordering the Cat Trax with soft rubber wheels and carpeted fiberglass cradles that are spaced for the Mystere 4.3 (like last year). These sets will come with 8.5 foot axles so that they can be modified to use for your other beach cats also by changing the cradle spacing if you want to – the longer axles also allows the tie down lines to stay clear of the cradle edges (so they do not get squeezed and broken). If you want the axles to be narrower than 8.5 feet it will be very easy to cut the axles to the length of your choice. It is easy to cut but hard to add on, so we are ordering this way to give you options! Now the best part…. we are getting these for $100 off the regular price of $479 (in other words, you pay just $379), but wait, there’s more! We are getting FREE SHIPPING, a further savings of 6%, or $29 per set, with an order of six or more, so order now! (operators are not standing by, but e-mail is) SO call or e-mail Mike Fahle ASAP to place your order. He is guaranteeing the order which must be paid in advance, so send your check ASAP made out to MIKE FAHLE for $379 to: Mike Fahle 3065 117th Street Toledo, Ohio 43611 As long as he knows what you want by early morning on Monday, June 16th, he will trust you to send the money and cover the order. The shipment will come to the address above in time for the Youth Cat Nationals on July 12th – 14th and arrangements can be made to pick-up your Trax here (Toledo), at the Youth Cat Nationals at PCYC, or at a regatta that Mike will be attending such as OCRA counters, Can race, or the CRAM Cat Fight.

BOAT TRAILERS – Several new owners are asking about trailers so I am placing an order for galvanized steel trailers like several owners bought last year. The price for each trailer with an order of 1 to 5 is $435 and with 6 to 11 it is $399. These are dinghy trailers so we would need to add a couple galvanized steel cross beams with u-bolts and a mast stand extended from the winch/bow stand, all for about $50 more for each trailer, just as last year. These trailers will last a very long time with little maintenance and can be adjusted to fit a number of boats up to about 16 feet in length. Mike Fahle will be ordering one so we need to get only five more for the price break (he has been looking for the best deal, and this is it). Let him know as soon as possible if you want one. Order terms are as described for the Cat Trax deal above. The only difference will be the final exact amount to pay which cannot be determined until the order is placed – for now just call or e-mail your order in ASAP and details will follow soon.

SPARE PARTS – If you need anything from Mystere for your boat, then the time to order is before they come to PCYC in July. Last year people ordered sail boxes, harnesses, battens, and other goodies before Yves Sansoucy came to PCYC in August. This year he can bring things down in July when he delivers the new boats. As a favor to Mystere, I can still act as a coordinator for anything you want to order for that delivery. Remember to visit the owners’ website at: http://mystereowners.org/Mystere
CATTAIL REGATTA – We had six Mystere 4.3s race this year which allowed us to have our own class with three trophies awarded. The weather was excellent with warm, sunny skies both days and wind on Saturday from 8 to 20 mph in the puffs and light air on Sunday with 4 – 8 mph wind and smooth water even with the easterly direction off the lake. Carol Fahle did an excellent job of coaching Mike around the windward – leeward courses so that they won four of five races even though they were the “heavyweights” which is pretty unusual for them. They appreciated Kathy Clark’s offer of her boat while they wait for their new one to come in July. Dave Sullivan took the other win (interestingly, in the strongest wind of the regatta) and finished second for the regatta while Glen Blohm took the third place trophy. The races were well run by the Jolly Roger Sailing Club and sharing launch facilities at the Maumee Bay Catamaran Club, aka the Fahle place, allowed for camaraderie and beer comparing and swapping! The JRSC dinner and lunch were also very good and they provided nice wood and metal plaques for awards. Connie and Steve Attard raced their Hobie 18 to allow their daughter Christin to race the Mystere 4.3 were her boyfriend, Jonathon Wasielewski in preparation for the Youth Cat Nationals that they have registered for (go local team!). George Webb worked out several spinnaker rigging problems all weekend and realized why he needs to go sailing more often. He also learned the value of keeping extra shackles on the boat and why shackles work better to hold down the mainsheet blocks than line does! Paul Steed traveled the farthest (from Chicago) to attend and was most improved, taking two thirds on Sunday while challenging for second! This is an annual regatta, first weekend in June each year, so mark it down for next year!

OTHER REGATTAS –
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The 2002 ROUND THE BAY RACE is Saturday, June 15th. Thanks to OCRA webmaster, Mark Camden, you can preregister at the OCRA website and see who is attending. We learned last year that preregistering allows us to better prepare the event to suit the racers – for example, it was because of knowing what to expect that we created another class with awards last year! The race is still the same low cost as it was when started seven years ago and it features the finest sailing facility, North Cape Yacht Club, of any beach cat regatta in the Midwest. The course is fun, different, and safe thanks to the patrol craft. And maybe best of all, everyone leaves with something from this event!

Last year the Mystere 4.3 owners were invited to race in the annual Can Race in August at Port Clinton Yacht Club (PCYC) with the Interlake fleet there thanks to Doug Young. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back. It was pretty breezy and very warm last year which made for dynamite conditions with explosive results! Just ask Jamie Diamond! This will be a great time to get the new owners involved at a venue where they will take delivery of their new boats. This year Doug has secured an invitation for us again (Hooray, Doug!) for Saturday, August 18th. This is for just the Saturday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB race) and we also get a great pot-luck lunch with the Interlake sailors afterwards (that we should all contribute to). This facility is as nice as NCYC and has a great sandy beach.

The BIG event will be the Youth Cat National Championship at PCYC from July 12 -14th. Several of the existing owners (Mike Fahle, Doug Young, Dave Fort, Jamie Diamond, Kathy Clark, George Webb) will be joined by some of the new owners (Tim Pickering, Bob Everson) to help out. This is a great way to get our cat well publicized (check out the USSA website) and get more young people interested and involved in catamaran sailing. This event is being held at the same time as a major regional Youth Sailing regatta at PCYC, so if you want to see how involved kids are in racing, do not miss this! We will be putting boats together probably on Thursday and Mike Fahle will be providing a racing seminar on Friday for the competitors, focusing on handling the 4.3. Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Doug Young at: young@thirdplanet.net , PRO for the entire event (Includes big dinghy Youth regatta on Saturday) or Mike Fahle.

The other OCRA events are listed on the website and will feature more 4.3s than any other cat if we just show up. It is going to be a great summer of racing and socializing together. Remember, you can learn more about rigging and sailing your boat at just one regatta by interacting with each other than you can all summer long sailing by yourself!

THE BOAT DEAL – Yes, this again, but now there is a change! The official registration for the Cat Youth Champs ended June 1st. The number of boats delivered will be equal to the number registered at that time, up to fifteen. Last count was about twelve teams. That means that we may have FEWER boats to sell, so get the word out quickly to anyone who is interested or who you would like to see in the class because time is short and there may not be enough boats for everyone who finally decides to become one of the smart people! The new boats will come complete with all the changes that we made during the season last year and will have a nicer traveler, bigger diameter beams and lighter rudders to make up for the heavier beams. Please note: after this deal, the boats will cost AT LEAST $500 MORE and delivery will not be included. It is a long way to Montreal, Quebec! Buy now and save! These boat are APPRECIATING in value, an extremely rare phenomenon for beach cats!

May 24, 2002

Newsletter May 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Saturday, May 25, 2002 – 10:50 am:


Mystere 4.3 Owners Newsletter – May 24th, 2002 by: Mike Fahle

GREETINGS – Congratulations to the following additions to the list of smart people (Mystere 4.3 owners) who are buying one of the boats made for the USSA Catamaran Youth Championship:
Paul Hubbard of Euclid, Ohio; Bob Everson of Liberty Township, Ohio; Tim Pickering of Columbus, Ohio; and Jim Higgins of Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike Fahle sold his boat to John Williams of Pensacola, Florida because he needed one right away, so Mike is purchasing a new one also. Please welcome these new Mystere owners to the class! Add them to your e-mail list, too.

THE BOAT DEAL – The registration for the Cat Youth Champs ends June 1st. The number of boats delivered will be equal to the number registered at that time, up to twenty. Last count was about nine teams. That means that we may have only four more boats to sell, so get the word out quickly to anyone who is interested or who you would like to see in the class because time is short and there may not be enough boats for everyone who finally decides to become one of the smart people! The new boats will come complete with all the changes that we made during the season last year and will have a nicer traveler, bigger diameter beams and lighter rudders to make up for the heavier beams. Please note: after this deal, the boats will cost AT LEAST $500 MORE and delivery will not be included. It is a long way to Montreal, Quebec! Buy now and save!

CATTAIL REGATTA – Last year many of the Mystere 4.3s raced in this annual event as the only catamaran one-design. It caused quite a stir among all the monohullers and they are excited about us coming back. This is sailed in Maumee Bay in part of the ’Round The Bay race course area. It is in a mostly sheltered area on the “Big Lake” (Erie). Registration is at Jolly Roger Sailing Club (JRSC) from 8 A.M. – 11 A.M. next Saturday, June 1. The Competitors’ meeting is at 11 A.M. and the first race starts a 12 Noon. There are three races and then cocktail hour at 6 P.M. followed by a steak and chicken cook-out at the club at 7 P.M. The regatta finishes on Sunday with two races starting at 10 A.M. after breakfast at the club starting at 7 A.M. There is plenty of room at, in, outside of, around, or near Mike and Carol Fahle’s house in Toledo which is on the Maumee Bay with launch facilities and less than two miles from JRSC. ALL Mystere 4.3 owners are welcome and encouraged to attend this regatta and use the Maumee Bay Catamaran Club facilities (aka Mike and Carol’s house). This makes for a weekend of close contact and camaraderie so that we get to know each other better and increase the fun of racing and socializing together! This is a fun, low-key event that you should come and enjoy, especially now that it is finally warming up. Contact the Fahles at: (419) 729-9965 or at mcfahle@buckeye-express.com for more info or to arrange your reservations. Carol will be racing with and coaching Mike on Kathy Clark’s boat this year (Thanks, Kathy!) The NOR and Sailing Instructions are available at the JRSC website at: http://www.luckey.net/ayc/jrsc .

OTHER REGATTAS – The first event of this season was the annual MayDay regatta – probably the longest running catamaran regatta in the entire Midwest, if not the country. The wind was light and flukey on Saturday and essentially nonexistent on Sunday, so racing was called and everyone was able to get home early and get some work done. The racing was mixed-up because of the wind but that made it interesting and the Mystere 4.3s had the biggest one-design turn-out. Congratulations go to Kitsy Amrhein for finishing first – proof that it pays to have a full sized vibrating, heated, massage chair at a regatta! For the full results, see the OCRA web page at: http://www.sailocra.com/ .
The 2002 ROUND THE BAY RACE already is almost completely ready to go. Thanks to the OCRA Webmaster, Mark Camden, you can preregister at the aforementioned OCRA website and see who is attending. We learned last year that preregistering allows us to better prepare the event to suit the racers – for example, it was because of knowing what to expect that we created another class with awards last year! The race is still the same low cost as it was when started seven years ago and it features the finest sailing facility, North Cape Yacht Club, of any beach cat regatta in the Midwest. The course is fun, different, and safe thanks to the patrol craft. And maybe best of all, everyone leaves with something from this event!

Last year the Mystere 4.3 owners were invited to race in the annual Can Race in August at Port Clinton Yacht Club (PCYC) with the Interlake fleet there thanks to Doug Young. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back. It was pretty breezy and very warm last year which made for dynamite conditions with explosive results! Just ask Jamie Diamond! This will be a great time to get the new owners involved at a venue where they will take delivery of their new boats. This year Doug has secured an invitation for us again (Hooray, Doug!) for Saturday, August 18th. This is for just the Saturday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB race) and we also get a great pot-luck lunch with the Interlake sailors afterwards (that we should all contribute to). This facility is as nice as NCYC and has a great sandy beach.

The BIG event will be the Youth Cat National Championship at PCYC from July 12 -14th. Several of the existing owners (Mike Fahle, Doug Young, Dave Fort, Jamie Diamond, Kathy Clark, George Webb) will be joined by some of the new owners (Tim Pickering, Bob Everson) to help out. This is a great way to get our cat well publicized (check out the USSA website) and get more young people interested and involved in catamaran sailing. This event is being held at the same time as a major regional Youth Sailing regatta at PCYC, so if you want to see how involved kids are in racing, do not miss this! We will be putting boats together probably on Thursday and Mike Fahle will be providing a racing seminar on Friday for the competitors, focusing on handling the 4.3.

The other OCRA events are listed on the website and will feature more 4.3s than any other cat if we just show up. It is going to be a great summer of racing and socializing together. Remember, you can learn more about rigging and sailing your boat at just one regatta by interacting with each other than you can all summer long sailing by yourself!

CAT TRAX ORDER – Just like last year, I will be making a quantity order to Cat Trax for new beach wheels. I already know that I can get very good savings because of the quantity but have not checked about price yet. I wanted to get feedback about the number who are interested before I call for quotes. I will e-mail privately everyone who responds as the order progresses and maybe post it on the owners‘ website. My plan is to order ones with 8 foot axles with the cradles set for the 4.3s – this way they could also be used for 8’ wide cats by changing the cradle spacing if you want to – this also allows the lines to stay clear of the cradle edges. Feedback on this plan is O.K., too.

SPARE PARTS – If you need anything from Mystere for your boat, then the time to order is before they come to PCYC in July. Last year people ordered sail boxes, harnesses, battens, and other goodies before Yves Sansoucy came to PCYC in August. This year he can bring things down in July when he delivers the new boats. As a favor to Mystere, I can still act as a coordinator for anything you want to order for that delivery. Remember to visit the owners’ website at: http://mystereowners.org/Mystere

April 25, 2002

Newsletter April 2003

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Friday, April 25, 2003 – 09:16 pm:


Mystere 4.3 Owners’ Newsletter – SPRING 2003 edited by: Mike Fahle

Editor’s GREETINGS – Winter was long and cold for most of us and it is still trying to hang on, here in Toledo, at least. Even so we have had some really nice days that prompted us to start thinking about sailing again. This is a reminder that the newsletter and website are intended to increase the owners’ enjoyment of their Mystere 4.3s by sharing information and good times. So if anyone has any questions, concerns, news, or events to share, please send them to the website and to the newsletter editor to inform and include all the other owners. I hope to see all the owners at an event this season and hope to see the Mystere class with the most boats at all the events also. Check the website often for news and for help and thank Mike Teets for being a good host! The Mystere owners’ website address is: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/

REGATTA SCHEDULE

The first regatta of the season may also be the largest one, Spring Fever Regatta held at Lake Hartwell on the border of Georgia and South Carolina on April 18 –20. There are already 8 Mystere 4.3s registered! To get an early and warm start to the season, attend this regatta! More info is available at: http://www.twinhulls.com/springfever2003/

The first regatta in the north is the Winona Lake Cup Regatta May 17-18 in Indiana. The Notice Of Race (NOR) is attached below and the host club website address is: http://home.earthlink.net/~sailwinona/

The racing season begins in Ohio on May 3 at the May Day Regatta at Caesar Creek Lake. That is also the first of four Ohio Catamaran Racing Association (OCRA) events scheduled for 2003. The next one is the popular ‘Round The Bay Race on June 14 at North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle, MI., about ten miles north of Toledo. It races around Maumee Bay which is in Ohio. The third OCRA event is the Stray Cat Regatta at Lake Pymatuning which is on the border with Pennsylvania and will be held July 26-27. The final OCRA event is the Alum Creek Regatta just north of Columbus September 27-28. Race all the OCRA events and see Ohio! More info is available at the OCRA website at: http://www.sailocra.com/

Other events to schedule include: The Jolly Roger Sailing Club’s Cattail Regatta on May 31. It is a one day event this year and launching for the Mysteres will be available at Mike and Carol Fahle’s house. More info about the event is available at: http://www.luckey.net/ayc/jrsc/
Mystere 4.3s have been invited back to the Port Clinton Yacht Club’s Can Race in August. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This is for just a single race on Sunday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB race) and it is a more relaxed event with a potluck lunch hosted by the Interlake class after the race.

BOATS/OWNERS – There was a new listing of boat owners in the Fall 2002 newsletters. Please let Mike Fahle know if there are any changes in ownership so that the newsletter mailing list is kept current. The owners’ e-mail list is strictly for the use of the newsletter and contacting each other.

SPARE PARTS – Two new spinnakers are for sale: one .75 oz (light) that is the original green color and one 1.5 oz (heavy)that is all blue. There are two new style (nylon spinnaker material) snuffer bags and some new dacron jibs available also. Other parts available include: spare battens, a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested should contact Mike or Carol Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or via e-mail.

THE WINONA LAKE CUP
2nd ANNUAL WINONA LAKE REGATTA, May 17th and 18th, 2003
A regatta, and a weekend of good times. Open to all boats that have a current Portsmouth number. Multi hull, and mono hull class’s accepted.
Held upon beautiful Winona Lake, and sponsored by, The Village at Winona downtown Winona Lake Indiana. Winona Lake is located next to Warsaw Indiana, just 40 minutes west of Fort Wayne on US 30. Pre race sign in will be at the gazebo on the beach…with breakfast and skippers meeting in the Boathouse restaurant. The Village offers activities and shopping for the non sailors and family that are welcome to visit and enjoy all that the village has to offer. http://www.villageatwinona.com is a destination, and an experience.
The regatta will be held on the 17th and 18th of May, 2003. Pre-registration, $30.00. Registration on day of event, $35.00.
Night security for boats left on the beach overnight. Discounts at local hotels for those needing a room. Food coupons for all meals, with 4 star dining, at the boathouse restaurant, sandwiches and soups and the best coffee at the Blue Lion Coffee house. This is all included to contestants, crew and family’s, as well as entertainment Saturday evening.
Keep your calendar open on September 6th and 7th, 2003. We are having our first all catamaran regatta. I will be sending out entry’s and other information soon after the May regatta.
If you did not make it to last years regatta, I am sure you have heard of the good time had by all, despite cold and terrible weather. This year, we are due for some decent weather…at least that is the odds.
I would like to ask any who have a email list of interested sailors or crew, to please forward this if possible….thank you.
Those wishing detailed directions, and other information, just call me, at 574-267-8737or email, rahudson@rahudsongallery.com thanks…and we look forward to seeing you there.
Robert Hudson
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Make checks payable to: Winona Restorations, 901E. Canal St., Winona lake Indiana, 46590. If you have any questions, please call Robert Hudson, at 1-574-267-8737…or email at rahudson@kconline.com

March 24, 2002

Newsletter March 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, March 24, 2002 – 02:48 pm:


MYSTERE 4.3 NEWSLETTER March 24, 2002

GREETING: Well now that Spring has officially arrived, the weather is colder, downright wintry. Still, there are only six weeks left until the first Ohio Catamaran Racing Association (OCRA) regatta at Caesar Creek reservoir southwest of Dayton. So that means we should be getting ready to go sailing again.

SEASON SAILING PREPARATIONS: Here are some things to consider: Check out the trailer – if you have not inflated the tires or greased the hubs within the last year, then this is a good time to do both. You can do these things inside the garage if it is still cold out or wait for the next nice day. Check all the boat parts and sails. If you waited to modify your mainsail last year, there is still time to get it to Greiners in Toledo and have it back for the Caesar Creek regatta. Check your Ronstan auto-ratchet blocks and see the item below. Read the racing rules! There are some good websites for the rules – here are a couple to check out: http://www.sailing.org/rrs2001/ or http://www.uksailmakers.com/RulesQuiz/index.html Visit this website to read and understand the new five minute starting sequence: http://www.ussailing.org/racemgt/Rule_26_Starting/index.htm

REGATTAS: See the OCRA website at: http://www.sailocra.com/ for regatta info. There are two annual events in the Toledo area that all the Mystere 4.3 racers should attend. The one listed on the OCRA website is the ‘Round the Bay Race on Saturday, June 15. The other one that you should attend is the Jolly Roger Sailing Club (JRSC) Cattail Regatta on June 1 and 2. It is held on Maumee Bay; we had a class of Mystere 4.3s attend last year and are invited back. Anyone interested should e-mail Mike Fahle at: mcfahle@buckeye-express.com Also, Doug Young says we are invited back to the Can Race at PCYC in August! This race featured just two classes – 4.3s and Interlakes and a picnic lunch after the race.

RONSTAN BLOCKS: An offer was made in the last newsletter to have Ronstan replace any of these blocks that did not work properly. I am going to send these in the first of April so that we get them back before the Caesar Creek regatta. So if you want to take advantage of this offer, send your blocks (right now) to: Mike Fahle 3065 117th Street Toledo, Ohio 43611

NEW BOAT SALES: Mystere International is supplying twenty brand new boats for the 2002 United States Sailing Association (USSA) Catamaran Youth National Championship regatta being held at Port Clinton Yacht Club July 12 – 14. PLEASE help sell these boats in this area since this will provide more of them to build our fleet. You will be doing yourself and the buyers a favor since these are such nice boats at a very low price. So ask your friends, family, and neighbors about getting one of these to get started in sailing, get started in racing, get started with a spinnaker, or just get better at any or all of these. They will be joining the largest one design class in OCRA and have a very versatile cat to use alone or with others. Remember that one of the reasons they are so attractively priced is that there are no dealers to take the normal “middleman” mark-up, so we sell them ourselves. See the last newsletter for the details or e-mail Mike Fahle at: mcfahle@buckeye-express.com NOTE: The difference described before about the bigger beams on the new boats refers to the section size (circumference) NOT the width of the beam!

TRIP TO MYSTERE: We have scheduled another trip to Mystere International on April 14 and will have some room to bring back boat “stuff”. If anyone wants replacement parts, new sails, battens (modifying the sail to be fuller requires a couple of longer battens, for example), etc., then let us know ASAP and we can provide delivery.

February 4, 2002

Newsletter Feb 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Monday, February 04, 2002 – 10:19 pm:


MYSTERE 4.3 Newsletter – February 4, 2002

NEW BOATS: The twenty new Mystere 4.3s are available for order now. The boats are like we received last year with the following changes: Larger beams, the rear beam has a built-in track for the Harken roller bearing traveler that is included, the spinnaker is made of siliconized nylon cloth for better snuffing, and there are two sets of trapezes (4 total). The boats cost $3800 including delivery and are available immediately following the regatta (Sunday, July 14). The boats are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis and orders are secured with a check for at least half the purchase price ($1900). The check should be made out to Mystere International and specify U.S. dollars. These boats are priced about half what a similarly equipped Nacra 4.5 would sell for. Let’s sell them all in this area to build our fleet. I have already heard from interested buyers as far away as Florida. Everyone should contact people they know to get them into a boat before they lose the chance. Contact Mike Fahle at mcfahle@buckeye-express.com to order or get more info.

RONSTAN BLOCKS

We attended the Chicago Strictly Sail Boat Show last Friday and made contact with the Ronstan rep. He has agreed to replace any of the auto-ratchet blocks that were not operating correctly for free. The deal is that I will collect them and send them to him and he will replace he number I send in. So, if you had any bad spinnaker sheet, here is your chance to replace it for a new one. Just send it (them) to: Mike Fahle 30 65 117th Street Toledo, Ohio 43611. I will want to replace these in time for sailing season, so I will tentatively plan to send in what I collect by mid March.

CLASS RULES

Jamie Diamond, Mike Teets, Mike Fahle, and Dave Fort have been finalizing the draft class rules to present to all of the owners by the end of this month for comment and to ratify. The intent is to have them ready for publication on the website before the start of race season for the owners and for all the interested parties involved with the USSA Youth Cat Nationals. Expect to get an e-mail soon with the draft rules attached for your input.

2002 SEASON EVENTS

Bob Everson is finalizing OCRA events and will have those available soon. If you have anything to add to last year’s events for this year, contact Bob. I have asked that the Port Clinton Yacht Club include us in the Can Race in August again and that OCRA include the PCYC Snowflurries regatta on September 28th and 29th. I think that will happen since Alum Creek accommodated that by moving their date back a week. Check the Mystere owners’ and OCRA websites to plan your summer sailing! Make sure you post your events to those websites. The popular ‘Round The Bay Race will be June 15th this year, so mark that one down first! Myster is planning a Mystere Classes Championship but I have not heard a date yet – you will get the news as soon as it is set! Stay warm and think sailing!

December 15, 2001

Newsletter Dec 2001

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Saturday, December 15, 2001 – 12:38 am:


MYSTERE 4.3 NEWSLETTER – End of year wrap-up by Mike Fahle 12/15/2001

It seems almost unbelievable to me that we took delivery of the Mystere 4.3s just this spring. It seems like it was a couple years ago already! Much has happened since my last newsletter, so I will get right into the news. .

REGATTAS – We sailed the Catawba Can race on August 19th in a nice breeze that built as we sailed five miles out into the lake to the large, steel navigational buoy. I had a nice lead on Jamie Diamond until I capsized on a jibe. I had recorded speeds over 16 mph on the GPS under spinnaker – what a ride! Jamie got around the buoy first and headed upwind in pretty big waves created with about six miles of fetch. He had to withdraw from the race because of a crack in the hull which allowed me to sail out into the lake on port tack, without being covered, to the layline and take advantage of a westerly shift that put me first across the line ahead by so much that the race committee was not ready for my finish. It was a close call for Gillespie’s whose shroud rivet pulled out just as they were taking the mast down after the race! (see the website for the fix posted for this) Mike Teets, sailing with his son, capsized and his son fell into the mainsail ripping out the window making Mike’s boat the first one with an opening window! We told him he needed a screen! Everyone went flying by the Interlake fleet that started first and with a warm day and warm water it was a wet and wild sail! We will look to this to be an annual event for us! (Thanks again, Doug Young). Yves Sansoucy attended this event and brought the sail boxes and the new fuller mainsails that had been ordered plus a new Mystere 5.0. This “big brother” boat to the 4.3 has much more hull volume that the 4.3 for the big lake and an innovative skeg with an inverted T for better efficiency. It was sailed by Jim Frederick and Deb Schaefer who normally sail their Hobie 20 or F-28 tri.

The OCRA season ending regatta at Alum Creek is always a great regatta and this year was another example of why it is so well attended. It was warm with light breezes that built enough both days to allow some trapezing. The regatta was free but the race committee is great with Jamie in charge and the food and party at Diamond’s house was excellent. The 4.3s had their own scoring break-out for awards in the OCRA system. That put Carol and me sailing the Mystere 5.0 in the group of 16s and 17s. With two Hobie 16s being sailed single-handed and a Supercat 17 with a hooter headsail, we felt a little intimidated in the light breeze, especially using the 4.3 spinnaker. We ended up being very impressed with the boat which took first in class AND FIRST OVERALL! The boat felt as big on deck as our old Hobie 18 and Carol remarked that it was easier to race the 5.0 with the spinnaker than the Hobie 18 without one because there were no boards to mess with at the marks, no outhaul or mast rotation to adjust, etc. The boat is simple and fast! We were curious to know what the boat would be like and were just amazed by it’s performance the first time we sailed it. It generated a lot of interest by others, too.

WEBSITE – Just a reminder to check this valuable resource for news updates and other info. Mike Teets does a great job maintaining it for the benefit of all of us – Thanks, Mike!

MYSTERE 5.0 – The boat that Yves brought down for all the interested 4.3 owners and others to see and sail was going to go back to Montreal at the end of the season if not sold. Good news! It remains in the U.S. looking for a good home south of the border. It will be sold with the regular 5.0 size spinnaker for only $5400 including the delivery. Compare that to $7800 for a new Hobie 16 (no spinnaker or delivery). If you want a bigger, faster boat like the 4.3 with room for the whole family, this is a great choice. First come, first served. BTW, it will not be the only Mystere 5.0 south of the border next year!

TRIP TO MYSTERE – In November Carol and I went to Montreal even though we did not have to return the 5.0 to the Mystere plant. We decided it was worth going to talk with Yves, bring him Jamie’s hull for analysis, bring back a free replacement hull to Jamie, get six new spinnakers, get a new mainsail for Connie Attard, and learn what was new. The six spinnakers were earned by those who sailed at least seven regattas during the season and are now made out of silicone impregnated cloth, a big improvement, especially for use in snuffer systems because of the reduction in friction during hoisting and retrieval. BTW, someone will have the first pink spinnaker in the fleet next year. Our trip was fast and easy – getting through customs was no trouble with our “kayak” on the roof rack (well, that’s what they called it so why bother to correct them?). Yves spent his time with us exclusively while we were there which was much appreciated because it is obviously a very busy place. He continues to provide more support for U.S. Mystere owners than any manufacturer I have ever even heard of in 25 years of racing. One interesting thing we saw there was a Mystere Twister (an F-18 boat) with a dagger board in one hull and a centerboard in the other; built especially for the Paris, France boat show to show both board types using only the (very expensive) floor space of one boat.

2002 USSA YOUTH CATAMARAN CHAMPIONSHIP – The Mystere 4.3 has been selected as the cat used for this prestigious regatta! There are plans to bring twenty new 4.3s to the event to be held at Port Clinton Yacht Club in early July. Naturally they will be very attractively priced and will be available for purchase with delivery immediately following the event. Of course it would be best for existing owners if we could sell all of them in this same area so that we can build the class and have more to race with. Here is your chance to get friends and family a great deal on a fast and fun cat. I will provide more details as they are determined but at least this time you are already familiar with the quality and value of the boat. After allowing the existing owners “first dibs” to find owners for these new boats, at some point in time they will be available outside the area if there are any remaining, so Please get the word out!

MYSTERE CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mystere used to hold annual championships for all classes but they had lapsed for a couple years. Then last summer Yves revived them on fairly short notice. This year planning has already started on the 2002 regatta and Carol and I plan to attend. They will almost certainly be held in Canada, and probably near Montreal. We hope to get some of you to attend also. We have already generated interest in the 4.3 up there so it would be great to get a number of U.S. 4.3 racers to show them how much fun the boat is at the championship regatta. As soon as we learn of any details we will pass them along so that you can make plans to go!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – Enjoy the winter and make plans to go sailing early and often in 2002!