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July 31, 2001

Newsletter July 2001

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 – 09:58 pm:

Hi Everyone, This is just a short note to follow-up the last one with more details.

MAIN SAIL ORDERS – The following are the people I have heard from who want a new, fuller sail from Mystere for $455 U.S. with battens and numbers:

Joe Tracey, Mike Fahle, Glen Blohm, Paul Steed, Dennis Elliot, Kitsy Amrhein, Uwe Eickert, Bob Cella, Brad Culbert, Matt Wirth, Jamie Diamond,
and Dave Fort.

Yves Sansoucy wants a $100 deposit for each sail so send a check to me made out to Mystere International for $100 U.S. (write that on the check) to me by next Thursday. I will send the list and checks to Yves next Friday morning,
August 10, for delivery the weekend after that. You can pay the balance to Yves directly at PCYC on delivery. Also, send me the sail number you want on your sail. If there is any delivery charge it will be minimal; if we have boat orders there will be no charge. And yes, these sails are
significantly faster and they will not be obsoleted with the new class rules; just the opposite, they will be protected by the new rules.

BOAT ORDERS – Yves can bring down three new 4.3s with everything (yes, with fuller mainsails) for $3800 U.S. delivered. I had heard people were looking for more boats but have not had any orders yet. It would be a shame to waste this opportunity to get more boats down here for a good price. Anyone who wants one should e-mail me to that effect and send a check for $1000
U.S. made out to Mystere International for a down payment with the balance due at delivery at PCYC. If no one orders a boat, Yves will not bring any. Yves WILL bring a 5.0 with spinnaker and snuffer for us to see and sail, if interested. It will sell for $5200 U.S. and $200 for delivery. It will be a bigger version of the 4.3 and Yves tells me that it is about the same
weight as the 4.3 because of a different core material and it is still rightable by someone my size (170#). If you know of someone who wants to
purchase that boat, the same is needed as for the 4.3s – an e-mail to me and a check for $1000 made out to Mystere. BTW, try to find any other new 16 footer on the market for anywhere close to that price, even w/o a spinnaker and snuffer!

SAILBOX DIMENSIONS – Yves can bring the large fiberglass sailboxes that were seen at the original delivery. They are $250 U.S. and have a slight taper, but the dimensions at the top are: 123.5″ Long, 14″ High, 30.5″ Wide. If you want one of these, e-mail me.

DEADLINE – I need e-mails ASAP (so that Yves knows what to make and deliver) and down payment checks by Thursday, August 9th. That means if you
are attending Bay Week you need to order and mail a check before you leave.

PCYC on August 19th – DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!


July 28, 2001

Newsletter July 2001

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Saturday, July 28, 2001 – 12:46 pm:

Hi everyone, Jamie Diamond has asked that we discuss a mainsail measurement rule this weekend at the OCRA Geneva regatta so that we can all get whatever we want and still be racing “even-up”. Today I have finished modifying my mainsail into a VERY full main (hopefully, too full) and will bring it to the regatta and also the one that Yves sent me earlier which is probably pretty close to what we all want and is definitely faster than the original flat mains. We can all look at these sails and compare on the shore and on the water. Jamie asked if he could sail two races with the VERY full one and I had said “Yes” but I have changed my mind. In the interest of fairness and more exposure, I have decided to offer to exchange boats with any other Mystere 4.3 racers after each race. This will allow Jamie and others to try the mainsail “in action” if they want. I will also allow anyone who wants it to use the other mainsail I am bringing and hopefully they would “round-robin” their boat as well. Recently, Glen Blohm, Dave Sullivan, and I did this in a local regatta to learn if there was a difference in sails and what effect it would have on the racing. It was instructive and certainly was the epitome of one-design racing! I just
hope we can figure out a way to make the scoring work out but that should not be an impossible hurdle. At any rate, we intend to learn as much as we can so that we can discuss the designs and offer a proposal for all the owners to comment and vote on so that everyone knows what to expect from the sail development process.

I chose to double the luff curve of the sail that Yves sent down in the hope that it would prove to be too full so that we know the limit on the other end of the draft spectrum (the original French-dictated shape being at the flat end). After seeing it set this evening next to Yves’s sail and an original flat one (it is handy sometimes to have a fleet outside the door), the study in contrast was reminiscent of Goldilocks’s comments. I am convinced that it is very full but not convinced that it will be slower. It is almost certainly going to be faster on a reach or downwind without a spinnaker so this weekend’s testing will be very useful to our understanding of how much draft is good for different conditions, sail configurations, wind angles, and crew weights. With this knowledge collected and communicated, the intent is to allow the owners to tailor their mainsail modifications or new orders to their weight and/or sailing conditions. This will allow for the racing to be one-design while affording some equalization on the basis of crew weight so that the boat has broader appeal and higher speed potential. The trick is to do this while also affording an easily understood and applied measurement system so that any sail can be
conveniently checked to conform to class limits.

I hope as many of you as possible will come join us this weekend. I have already taken some photos and will take more this weekend and will ask Mike Teets to post them on the website as soon as they are available. I will also try to explain anything about this process that is unclear to anyone needing more information and will try to communicate what we do to all of you and make sure that you all have a chance to provide your input. I am committed to this being an owner-driven class with everyone having a voice and a vote in whatever rules we apply to the boats. It does seem like a good time to start defining what we want regarding the mainsails since we can soon order new ones at a very good price from Mystere and others with bigger budgets can explore the offerings of other sailmakers. With this effort completed we can each get what we want and still have one-design racing. Having all possible sailmakers able to make sails for us only enhances the long-term value of the boats, promotes controlled speed developments, and allows some personalization of our purchases. It also opens up boat marketing and regatta sponsorship opportunities.

Feel free to provide your input to me or post comments on the discussion board on the owners’ website. Stay tuned!


July 27, 2001

7/27/01 Newsletter

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Friday, July 27, 2001 – 11:35 am:

Hi everyone, I spoke with Yves Sansoucy last night and have exciting news to report:

Yves will attend the gathering at PCYC on Sunday, August 19th. He will bring a new port hull for Dennis Elliot (WARNING! Do not let Hobie 16s sail into the middle of your hulls!) and he has a trailer large enough to bring all the new and fuller mainsails that we want to order. It will also allow him to bring three new Mystere 4.3s and a Mystere 5.0.

MAINSAILS: We have learned from testing and racing that the medium full mainsails that Yves makes are significantly faster all-around than the flat ones we got with the boat and the very full one modified from my original flat sail. I previously wrote to you that the sails with battens would cost $455 U.S. plus delivery. Well, if any new boats are sold for Yves to bring down, there will be no delivery charges for the sails! So far the people who have ordered a new sail are:

Joe Tracey, Uwe Eickert, Paul Steed, Dennis Elliot, Glen Blohm, Mike Fahle.

Please contact me ASAP if you want one also. Besides being a faster sail for most conditions (very windy will be good for the flat sail), this is a bargain price, just ask other sailmakers for some quotes if you want to see how much (my guess is about half price)! Jamie Diamond will be posting the measurements that we took this past weekend at Geneva and will include a proposal for all of you to comment on for setting sail size for the class so that we can go ahead and order new sails without worry that later on someone will use bigger ones. The measurements we are offering are only a little larger than the original which allows the larger luff curve for the deeper draft that is proving faster. Jamie will explain it in more detail.

Many of us have had people inquire about getting boats. Well, here is their chance to get one at a price that is still a bargain! The new boats are $3600 U.S. with all the goodies as we got ours, plus $200 for delivery. This matches the delivery price per boat that we got for thirty! If we sell all three boats that Yves can deliver, we will have 3 more to “play” with AND get free delivery on the mainsails!

Yves also will have a Mystere 5.0 to show us and for sailing. (Joe, this may be the ideal boat for you!). It is a larger version of the 4.3 that is still rightable by one average sized person but has more freeboard for the big lake and more buoyancy for doubling-up. Should be interesting!

The last item is near and dear to at least Glen Blohm. Yves may have room for some of those cool sail boxes, too, like the ones he brought at the original delivery in April. These are just $250 U.S. (yes, that is another bargain price!) and anyone interested in them should let me know so that we can try to get them delivered also!

Don’t forget that the PCYC event on the 19th is intended as a hands-on seminar / social event / race for all of us to learn more about the boat and each other while having fun. Anything that Doug Young organizes is easily worth attending!

Lots to think about here, so mull it over and get back to me soon so that I can let Yves know what to make and bring to us. It makes me happy to be able to pass on such good news! 🙂


P.S. Just to be clear, all the prices reflect a manufacturer-direct-to-purchaser-ONLY relationship. There are no other charges involved which is part of the reason they are so low. As before, I remain a volunteer coordinator, like Mike Teets does for creating and maintaining our website!

April 24, 2001

Newsletter 4/24/01

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 – 03:48 pm:

THANKS ALL AROUND – Hi Everyone, WOW! What an event the delivery day was! Thirty boats delivered, unloaded, and assembled in only 8 hours inside a building while it rained outside. Out of the hundreds of individual parts involved with thirty boats with a main, jib, spinnaker, and trapeze, only one beam end cap was missing! I am so grateful to Yves Sansoucy, President of Mystere, for coming to the delivery and bringing Denis and Patrick to make the day a success. I am also grateful to all of the owners who worked in teams to get the job done, help and socialize with each other, and cooperate in less than ideal conditions. Now, can you imagine what it would have been like without having Park McRitchie’s facilities available at QuikSpray? Thanks again, Park. In addition, eight trailers were assembled and many trailers were modified. Carol and I really appreciate the cooperation of everyone and the show of thanks from several of you.

BOAT SET-UP – SNUFFER BRIDLES – There are several important changes to make to the spinnaker system that we have learned about already. First, the end of the snuffer should have bridle lines or wires attached back to the jib bridle wire tangs to keep the pole from bending and to keep it attached to the pin on the main beam. The pole can pull off the pin and possibly bend or break without this modification. Any decent line can be used for this. The spinnaker is significantly larger than what has been made for the boat in Europe or in Canada, so this was not needed before.
SPINNAKER HALYARD BLOCK – A recommended change is to drill out one rivet on the spinnaker halyard eyestrap so that the spinnaker block can be removed. Then re-rivet the eyestrap back into place and either tie the original block to the eyestrap or shackle on a swivel block for the spinnaker halyard. This will prevent the spinnaker halyard from jamming in the block or between the block and the mast making it difficult to raise or lower the spinnaker. I tied the block on with high strength, small diameter line using two loops between the block and the eyestrap about 4″ long to allow the spinnaker some separation from the mast and to swivel with the spinnaker away from the mast.
SPINNAKER HALYARD / RETRIEVAL LINE – Mike Teets and others are working out the best way to make the spinnaker halyard and retrieval line continuous. This will make everything work better, especially while single-handing the boat. Look for more info in future newsletters, at the Caesar Creek MAYDAY regatta (best), and on the Mystere 4.3 website that Mike Teets maintains.

PHOTOS – Please send any photos you have of the delivery day to Mike Teets for posting on the website. Hopefully we will have many to view there soon.

REGATTAS – As an incentive for all of you to “come out and play” with your new boats, Mystere is going to award owners with new sails for their boat’s participation in regattas. Provide proof of attendance in five regattas during this year and you will get a new jib. Do the same thing for seven regattas and get a new spinnaker! We will post a list of “approved” events on the website and this will be decided for sure by the MAYDAY regatta (which WILL count), so plan to get your boat there – it will not matter who sails it at any given event – we want to encourage the use of the boats, so feel free to share it with others. Other counters for sure will be all the OCRA events (see: ), the Jolly Roger Sailing Club’s Cattail regatta ( the club Carol and I belong to here in Toledo) and Doug Young’s informal “Can” race at Port Clinton Yacht Club. I will administer this program so if you have an event you want to have considered for a “counter”, call, write, or ply me with good beer at the next regatta! Mystere will underwrite the cost of this awards program as visible support of our new class. I suggested it be based on participation rather than race results to encourage everyone to participate regardless of their experience or skill level. I have never even heard of another sailboat manufacturer doing this for a class – come on out and take advantage of this great offer! Let’s have fun together this season…. often!

ORDERING MORE BOATS – More boats will be available after thirty days as Mystere has order commitments to meet that preclude producing anymore 4.3s before then. After that, Yves told me they can make 2 to 3 boats a week. He is checking into delivery options for varying numbers of boats – obviously the more that are ordered and shipped at one time, the less it will cost per boat.

ORDERING PARTS – It has been an interesting experience organizing all of this and I will remain very involved but I really am doing this as an unpaid volunteer and want time to go sailing! So today Yves gave me the green light to have you order parts directly from Mystere via e-mail to: I would like for everyone to continue helping each other out and we will continue to develop the boat during the season. So please use this just for parts or warranty and use the website or each other for help about rigging or sailing the boat. That is another reason to attend as many regattas as possible, also.

GOING SAILING – Do this as often as possible! 🙂

April 16, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Monday, April 16, 2001 – 12:12 pm:

Hi Everyone, We are only four days away from taking delivery of our thirty new Mystere 4.3s. This is just to provide some guidance about what to bring along and what to expect. I am eager to see all of you this weekend and to have this responsibility end. I am even more eager to go sailing!

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY; We anticipate starting on Friday morning at 9 A.M. by unloading the truck. This should take less than an hour since many of you plan on being there by nine. After the truck is unloaded we will gather around with Yves who will demonstrate how to put the boat together. It is easier than most boats and will not take long with at least three people working together. So then we will split off into groups of three or four and start assembling boats on the front lawn. This should allow us to be finished with all the boats by noon. Kathey Clark has graciously agreed to acguire lunch for all of us and have that ready as soon as the boats are done or by noon, whichever comes last. That way we can stay “on the job” together and have a little more time to get to know each other. After the boats are assembled we will raise the rigs with the same procedure – watch Yves do one and then work in our groups to do all the boats. That should go even faster than the boat assembly. Then we are free to raise the sails so that everything can be checked out before they are taken away.

We will have a number of short, informal seminars at this stage. For example, we will have people try on their harnesses to see if they fit correctly and so that they know how to do that and then let them practice trapezing so that the experienced sailors can show them how to do it and coach them until they have some confidence. Yves will explain the way the boats are made and how that affects the way you handle them and care for them. I will explain about how to set batten tension, how to trim sails, and proper care for sails. After all the boat related work and information, Doug Young has agreed to explain the new race starting sequence that we will experience under the revised rules. If there is time, I will offer a synopsis of the rules including what was changed from last year. We expect to finish around 4 P.M. Quite a few people are staying overnight and may want to gather together for dinner.

SATURDAY; We will get started again at 9 A.M. and leave by 1 P.M. to go sailing at PCYC, about two miles from the delivery location at QuikSpray. Everyone MUST be there by noon on Saturday to pick up your boat or arrange for someone else to get it by then. We will plan on sailing at PCYC in the afternoon. Anyone who plans to sail should plan to dress accordingly – preferably in a drysuit or heavy wetsuit with appropriate PFD (lifejacket).

BOAT ASSIGNMENT AND PAYMENT – I have previously e-mailed everyone what their balance is which must be paid upon delivery. When the balance is paid and the boats are assembled, you will receive the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (proving ownership) that Mystere has already printed for your boat. Each boat has hull numbers and each document has a hull number – you will find your boat when you match the number on your owner’s document to a corresponding hull number. Think Easter egg hunt but with boats instead of eggs! So before anyone claims a boat, we will assemble them all, assuring that each receives the care from each assembler that they would give to their own since any one of them might be their own! This is also the fairest way to randomly assign the boats without regard to any potential or perceived bias.

WHAT TO BRING – Basic tools such as a measuring tape, screwdrivers (standard and Phillips) an adjustable wrench, socket set, vice grips, pliers, electrical tape, duct tape, spray lube, Loctite for bolts (prevents fasteners from loosening but can be undone with tools), sharp knife, tie down lines and/or straps, and padding for the boats and trailers. Foul weather gear for you for working in the rain, and/or sailing. PFD, appropriate footwear (sailing boots), sunglasses, sailing gloves, etc. For those of you picking up a trailer there, you should also bring a drill and bits and an extension cord. Bring something to drink and/or eat if you do not like Subway sandwiches, potato chips, and soft drinks. Anyone with digital cameras, bring those, too!

RECOMMENDED – I know that some of you new to boat ownership have had a lot thrown at you in a short time but there is one more thing to do that I recommend which I hope is never used. Can you guess? You should arrange to insure your boat before you leave to pick it up. For some guidance, I arranged for mine last week for $4000 coverage for $53/year. The price varies depending on the level of coverage you elect and this one is excellent. I have paid boat insurance premiums for 25 years and have made only one claim. That one convinced me what a bargain insurance is and I hope I never make another one. Your agent should be able to give you coverage starting on Friday even though you will not know the hull number before then. FWIW, my independent agent is nearby, is a sailor, and can be contacted at: Bill Sommers Sommers Insurance Agency (419) 729-9965 in case you want more info.

CAT TRAX – For those of you who ordered Cat Trax they will be available for assembly also. They are shipped in parts so you will have a choice to assemble them there or take them home in bits.

LAST MINUTE REMINDERS OR NEW INFO – The Mystere owners website will be used to communicate to all between now and Friday so check it at your convenience and before leaving. It also has directions and maps at: See you soon.

April 5, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Thursday, April 05, 2001 – 08:37 pm:



DELIVERY – Delivery day is only two weeks and two days away. Everyone should either be there or have someone in their place. The balance owed on the boats is due on delivery. If anyone cannot be there on Friday or on Saturday morning, then you should arrange for someone else to deliver your check and pick-up your boat. If that cannot be arranged for some very important reason, then you must contact me AND Park McRitchie ASAP to make arrangements and to get your check to me before April 20th. Park is being very gracious with the use of his company’s facilities; please do not abuse his hospitality. We will get started at 9 A.M. on Friday and work (and socialize) until around 4 P.M. We will start about 9 A.M. on Saturday and leave by 1 P.M. to go sailing at PCYC. If you cannot make it there on Friday then you must arrive BY NOON on Saturday. I am aware that this may require an overnight stay for some of you but remember that no one will be driving further than Yves Sansoucy from Montreal. There is all the information you need posted on the Mystere 4.3 website thanks to Mike Teets, webmaster (see below). The company name is Quik Spray or Quik Stir, no letter c in the Quik.

CAT TRAX – Twelve sets of Cat Trax were ordered and will be delivered to Quik Spray by the time the boats arrive. If you ordered Cat Trax, please send me money now!. I can accept checks, or plastic. There is a 2.5% fee for using plastic but that might still be very attractive to some (e.g. the GM card pays back 5% of purchases towards the purchase of any GM car or truck). Please call me ASAP to confirm how you want to pay. (419) 729-9965 The amount due is $362 per set. Checks can be made out to

BOAT TRAILERS – Please call Park McRitchie ASAP if you have not paid for your trailer yet to offer your apologies and explain how you will make it up to him. In putting together deals like this where savings are passed directly to the buyers, Miss Manners says you are expected to act courteously and expeditiously to the coordinator and not to add to his hassle. Miss Manners does not accept excuses for not staying abreast of developments when so many forms of communication are available to today’s buyers. (My apologies to the real Miss Manners)

TRAILER SET-UPS – I have secured ten foot long 10 inch diameter smooth inside wall corrugated drain pipe for making trailer cradles. I will cut these into thirds (about ten inches across – 1/3 of a circle) and can offer two of them to anyone who wants to use them on their trailer for $20. You mount these between the trailer crossbars on each side to support the hulls of the boat along their length. This provides excellent support and protects the bottom of the hulls from road debris and helps guide loading and unloading. All this and it is maintenance free and easy to install. Check out the photos of my big Mystere and my home made cart using this material. My Hobie 18 trailer using the hard white plastic drain pipe lined with carpet is shown there as well. I consider this corrugated pipe to be better and I will modify our Hobie Wave trailer with it for the Mystere 4.3. I strongly recommend using some kind of full length cradle like this for the Mystere due to the skeg ending in front of the rear beam. It would not set well on a standard cat trailer set-up (look at the photos on the web site). Contact me ASAP if you want the corrugated pipe sections for your trailer. Reminder: the distance between hull centerlines is 79” and the height of the main beam is 27”.

BALANCE DUE – I will need the balance due at delivery. Yves expects to go home with payment in full for all the boats. You must have the money at the delivery or to me before then. Personal checks or equivalent (bank checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, etc.) are the permissible form of payment. Rather than list what everyone owes here, I will separately e-mail each of you with your “account” status.

MYSTERE 4.3 WEBSITE – ( Mike Teets has done a wonderful job of updating and organizing the website that he provided just for all of us buying, and interested in, the Mystere 4.3. You should take advantage of its features. We expect you to visit it regularly as that is where we will post all the newsletters and other information important to you about the boat. Directions with maps for delivery day are already posted. Boat specs and other good stuff is posted. Make it a regular place to look while on-line. Mike is very receptive to suggestions for the website. Let him know you appreciate it, that’s his only “pay”!

EXTRA TRAP WIRES – This is to confirm that the extra trap wires come complete with wires, trap handles, trap “rings”, line, and shock cord – ready to use. The trampoline has the two extra grommets already in place, ready to receive the extra set of trapeze wires for two people to trap at once. Many of you have already ordered these at $65 per set of two wires (one each side) and this offer is still available.

FIRST SAIL – We intend to get the boats wet at PCYC on Saturday afternoon about 1 P.M. Anyone is welcome to join us. I still plan on capsizing the boat to determine its capsize characteristics and “right-ability”. For those of you traveling a long way, there is room to stay with Carol and me in Toledo on Saturday night. Others may offer lodging in the PC area if the desire was expressed. This would be one great use for the website .. hint hint. Carol and I have always preferred to stay with people when we can because (besides being cheap) we have made some great friendships that way.

SURPRISE – Yves has clued me in to at least one big surprise he has in store for you at delivery. Can you keep a secret? Yeah…. me too! Hey, is anybody else getting a little excited? Did I miss anything here? Let me know. Make plans to be there to get your boat – we really want help on Friday morning to unload that truck and assemble the boats (bring a 9/16” wrench for the 3/8” bolts). We could be done pretty quickly with a good attendance – like by noon, and then we could just put on a seminar on the lawn and socialize!

March 27, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 – 11:32 pm:


# 30 is sold – Congratulations to all of us! We have sold out the first truckload of thirty Mystere 4.3s that are being introduced to North America. The last smart person to join us is Uwe Eickert of Fremont, Ohio who will be sailing out of PCYC, increasing the size of that fleet! Welcome Uwe (pronounced OOV, I think) to the newest, largest one-design class in Ohio and maybe the entire Midwest! More boats will be available at the price for the last five but delivery will be up to the buyer unless a quantity order can be arranged.

DELIVERY – Friday, April 20, is only three and a half weeks away. Hopefully the cold weather we are having now will allow it to be unusually warm then! Yves Sansoucy, President of Mystere, is planning to travel here Thursday so that we can be at Port Clinton ready to unload and assemble boats with us on Friday morning. He will bring along an assistant and the plan is to have the truck arrive and get the work started by 9 A.M. We are planning to have all boats assembled on Friday and to have instruction on rigging and sailing on Saturday. Obviously, anyone who is there on Friday to help assemble boats will get valuable rigging experience. It would be best for everyone to be available both days but that is not required. We plan to go sailing off the beach at PCYC on Saturday. Boats will be available for pickup, with the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin after the balance due is received. An address and map will be included in the next newsletter and further details will be communicated as they become available. Plan now to take that Friday off work and join us if you can!

CAT TRAX – I am ordering Cat Trax at the end of this week, also. I have spoken with the owner of Florida Sailcraft who makes Cat Trax and he has a narrower cradle available that was made for the Hobie 20, so we will specify that one. They will make these Cat Trax to fit these boats. The Tiger Trax which have hard plastic wheels are $292 (not recommended). The Cat Trax which have black rubber tires and aluminum rims cost $362. These prices are with shipping free if we order at least six and have them shipped together to Port Clinton. Shipping separately would be pricey. So far I have three orders:
Young (2) and West . Please contact me by the end of the week to order.

TRAPEZE WIRES – The following have ordered an extra set of trapeze wires:
Newbury, Diamond, Tracey, Young (2), Attard, Steed, Blohm. These are $65 per set of two. Anyone else who wants another set (one set comes standard), please let me know by the end of the week. FWIW, 18 harnesses were ordered last week.

TRAILERS – Park McRitchie has placed the order for trailers. I think that five trailers were ordered which allowed for the first quantity price break. Everyone else should already have a trailer or can borrow one or make some other arrangement to get take their boats from Quick Spray, Inc. NOTE: Take a good look at the photos of the boat on the website. You will see that the skegs end farther forward than on the Hobie Wave, in front of the rear cross beam. This will not work well with the standard trailer crossbar set-up. I recommend placing a section of drain pipe or wood between the trailer cross bars on each side to allow the hulls to be supported along their length between the crossbars. I am purchasing several sections of black corrugated drain pipe with a smooth interior wall at a manufacturer in Findlay, Ohio at the employee discount (just another connection). My plan is to use ten foot long 10” diameter pipe cut in thirds to use between the trailer beams to cradle the hulls. If anyone wants me to get them some, let me know. I will try to get some photos of my trailers posted to the website.
The specifications for setting up the trailers and any sail/gear tubes or boxes is as follows: It is 79 inches between keel centerlines and 66 inches minimum distance between the hulls. The beam is 27 inches high so any box should not exceed 26” from the height of the trailer cradles. Other measurements that may be useful are:
It is 70.5 inches from the bows to the center of the main beam and 75 inches between the centerlines of the main beam and the rear beam.

SAIL SPECS – Some of you may have noticed that the sail area specs posted on the Mystere 4.3 website have shrunk. These are the confirmed sail areas for the Mystere 4.3. Apparently the French have grossly exaggerated the sail area on the Sonic model and we were using their figures until Yves sent the accurate ones determined by the sail making software and confirmed by tape measurements. The spinnaker has been set at 15 square meters which translates to 161 square feet. The other change is the color. It will be what is shown in the latest photos that have been posted on the website. We had asked for “Aqua” with blue spinnakers and as you can see in the photos the sail material supplier provided a color that is more green than aqua. Yves told me that green spinnakers would look better with that mainsail color than blue ones would, so that is what we are getting. Probably more than you wanted to know but there are some details that I thought you might be interested in reading about.

WHAT ELSE do you want to know about? We are getting pretty close to having all the issues settled and the details complete. Let me know how else I can serve you and I will endeavor to comply.

March 18, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Monday, March 19, 2001 – 06:53 pm:


Since the last update we have sold two more boats. Welcome to our owners’ group:
Joe Tracey from Ashland, Ohio E-mail Address: and
Bob Cella from Miamisburg, Ohio E-mail Address:
EVERYONE PLEASE NOTE: Purge your old owners’ list and use this updated owner’s e-mail list!

Mystere will supply anyone who wants them an extra set of trapezes for $65.00.
They will supply Magic Marine Equipe model trapeze harnesses for $135.00 each. The best price I could find for these was $159 (retail $167) at The Sailing Pro Shop at: and they can be seen at the Magic Marine website at: The ad copy at that site is:
· Maximum freedom of movement · Complete comfort created by separate back adjustments.
The low spreader position of the ‘Equipe” in combination with a full hack patch and battens, give total back support. The low weight is the result of a Kevlar seat, thin water-resistant foam and a lightweight stainless steel spreader bar with spring.

PLEASE contact me this week if you want to order. Yves is placing an order on Friday and I have to give him our order by then so that he can add it to his. You can pay for what you order along with any balance you owe on the boat at delivery so we do not need money now, just the order. Yves said these harnesses run quite small, that I would take an extra large (70” and 170#). They go up to xxl and down to small, so even small children might fit into a small. Also contact me about the extra set of trapeze wires if you want one so that Yves knows how many to bring along at delivery. Maybe you will want to order an extra set even if you plan just to single-hand sail. REMEMBER THAT I NEED YOUR ORDER BY FRIDAY MORNING 3/23.

SAIL SIZES: Yves has completed the mast rigging and jib design and reports that they are still developing a bigger North American spinnaker. He told me that they have moved the sheet block position to the rear beam to increase the size of the spinnaker. As soon as the design is finalized he will give me the sail sizes and then you will have them. He has provided conflicting info on boat measurements needed for trailer set-up, so I will not release them until they are checked and confirmed – hopefully by next week.

DELIVERY: Originally the delivery date was this past Friday and Saturday. I was bummed when we had to change the date but not after experiencing the weather we had Friday and Saturday! It was horrible (blizzard-like on Friday) and I am so glad the delivery date is in April!

WEBSITE: Check out the Mystere 4.3 website regularly for all the info at: (Thanks Mike Teets!)

REGATTAS: The following regattas are listed in chronological order and are open to the Mystere 4.3 class. All of these are within two or three hours drive time for anyone in Ohio. If anyone has any race or regatta they would like the class to attend, please send the info to Mike Teets so that he can list it on the Mystere owners website at: “” You can look for info there and most of these are also posted on The Ohio Catamaran Racing Association website at:
May Day Regatta
Caesar Creek State Park ~ Waynesville, Ohio
May 5-6, 2001
Web Site: “

Location: Lake Manitou (Moose Beach) Westside Dr. Rochester, IN
Date: May 12 & 13
Fleets: 14, 16, 18, 20 & Open

FREE! Includes: Lunch and Dinner Sat. and Lunch Sun.
Contact: Mark Cook 317-297-0037
Saturday 9:00 AM Registration
9:45 AM Skipper Meeting 9:45 AM White Flag
Noon Lunch More Racing After Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner @ Cooks Cottages with drinks
Sunday 9:00 AM Skipper Meeting 10:30 AM White Flag Noon Awards
Lodging Cook Cottages 317-297-0037 2320 Wolf Point Dr
Free Camping & RV parking Super 8 Motel 219-224-8080 10% discount

Paul Steed writes: “This is a fantastic regatta! The “Cooks Cottages” are right on the lake.
Maybe we could have two (or more) “Mystere 4.3” starts/fleets??:
1) single handed 2) double handed (for lighter-weight skipper/crew)”

Don Carsten Writes: First off, thanks for offering to do a seminar at the Cattail regatta this year. We are looking to do either a Start or rules seminar on Friday June 1, 2001.
The web site address is “
If you can send this to the owners of the new mystere 4.3 owners and the Ohio Catamaran Sailors we also would really appreciate very much. As I said on the phone this evening, we are looking to increase the size of this regatta and get it back to the status it deserves. We will accept all the help we can get. Thanks very much.
June 1, 2 & 3, 2001
Hosted by the Jolly Roger Sailing Club
The Cattail Regatta will again be hosted by the Jolly Roger Sailing Club on Friday, June 1 through Sunday June 3. The Cattail Regatta is the largest One-Design Sailing regatta in the Toledo area



SCHEDULE: 8:00 – Registration
9:00 – Competitors’ meeting. Safety inspection immediately thereafter.
9:30 – Start for Hobie Waves
10:00 – Start for boats rating above .730
10:30 – Start for boats rating .675 through .730
11:00 – Start for boats rating below .675
Awards presentations after finishes and lunch

COURSE: Start at North Cape Yacht Club beach, leave to port Grassy Island at the mouth of the Maumee river and the Toledo Harbor Light. Finish back at North Cape Yacht Club beach between the finish line marks

LOCATION: Starting and ending at North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle, Michigan (just north of Toledo, Ohio).

DIRECTIONS: From the north, take I-75 South, exit at Exit 9 – South Otter Creek Road. Turn right, drive east 0.6 miles to the first southbound road (right turn at sign for NCYC and Toledo Beach Marina). Drive 0.7 miles and bear left at the next intersection, following the sign for NCYC.
From the South, take I-75 North and follow the directions above in italics.

RULES: 2001- 2004 ISAF RRS with USSA prescriptions; Class rules; Portsmouth Handicap; this Notice of Race, and the Sailing Instructions.

CLASSES: ANY Portsmouth rated MULTIHULL -Three classes per Ohio Catamaran Racing Association Portsmouth ranges, plus overall.

REQUIRED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Seaworthy boat, life jacket and whistle for each sailor, minimum 50 feet long and 1/4 inch diameter tow line and U.S. Coast Guard required equipment. Encouraged: GPS, VHS radio, compass, cell phone, etc.

AWARDS: Awards in each class, based on the number of entrants, plus a first-to-finish award, plus a persistence award, plus participation awards.

COST: $15.00 per single-handed boat. $20.00 per double-handed boat.

MEALS: Plan on taking something to eat and drink on the race course. Lunch provided after racing.

EXIT 11 (5 miles north of NCYC) LaPlaisance Road – two gas stations, fast food, and large Outlet Mall
AmeriHost Inn (new) – behind Mall – (734) 384-1600 Comfort Inn (734) 384-1500
EXIT 15 (8.5 miles north of NCYC) Dixie Highway – Many eateries and gas stations.
Cross Country Inn (734) 289-2330 Hometown Inn (734) 289-1080 Holiday Inn (800) 465-4329
Knights Inn (800) 843-5644 Days Inn (800) 325-2525
EXIT 210 in OHIO (13 miles south of NCYC) Alexis Road Several fast foods, gas stations, and Meijers store.
Comfort Inn North (1 mile west at Northtowne Mall and Raceway Park) (419) 476-0170

FEATURES: A great view of much of the race course from the starting area (shore crew, bring binoculars!), a big beach, a great clubhouse facility. This is a good introduction to long distance beach cat racing. Guaranteed opportunity to use your spinnaker and/or reacher sails (Fly ‘em if ya got ‘em!).
*Note: ratings adjustments only for sails used, not for sails carried.
CONTACT: Mike or Carol Fahle (419) 729-9965 E-Mail –
Sent by Dave Fort

GENEVA SC Regatta 2001 – Lake Erie

OCRA Portsmouth Catamaran Regatta
Hosted by Geneva Sailing Club
July 21 & 22, 2001

C A L L F O R C A M P I N G !

Geneva State Park
Padanarum Road
P.O. Box 429
(440) 466-8400 Park Office
(440) 466-7565 Marina

. . . Also at State Rte. 306 & State Rte. 2 . . . at I-90 & State Rte. 44
Travel Lodge (216) 951-7333 or 800-255-3050 Quail Hollow Inn
Knights Inn (216) 946-0749 (216) 352-6201
Super 8 (216) 951-8558

In looking at the upcoming race schedule, I am tossing an event out for consideration for the 4.3 fleet. Sunday, Aug. 19, PCYC will run it’s annual ‘Catawba Can Race’. This is a mini-distance race, starting near the beach east of the river entrance, to a bouy labeled G”1″ off the west point of Catawba, and back to the finish. I have run this race for Interlakes, and an open class for assorted jr. boats, and Waves the past couple seasons. It is approx. 10 miles total, !st start is at 11am, with a very informal potluck type cookout on the North shore area of the club afterwards. Last year after the start, I patroled the course, along with 2 other chase boats, and recorded the finish times as reqd. I also recorded GPS coordinates of the start/finish area, and the actual bouy rounding, so I’ll look back at that data to verify the course length. I am very interested in attracting the fleet to PCYC, as the launch, rigging, parking, facilities are very good for beach boats. It will be a simple task to arrange as many chase boats as we feel are reqd., and best of all, no entry fee! I would like your thoughts on this, before we put it ‘out there’ for consideration. I have other events in mind also, so let me know what you think will be best for the over-all schedule.

February 25, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Monday, March 19, 2001 – 06:51 pm:

Hi Everyone, Here is the latest news: 2/25/01
#27 SOLD! I have just taken the 27th boat order. We have just three more to fit on the truck, so if you know of anyone thinking about ordering one,
encourage them to e-mail me and send a check ASAP because I know that there are a number of people out there who are seriously mulling it over. The latest “smart person” is Nancy Tuffli, another sailor from Lake Carlisle in southern Illinois, which is great since they will have a fleet with just one more boat and we will have a nice place to travel to as a class. Welcome aboard, Nancy!
DELIVERY DATE : has been set back to April 20 and 21. I think that many of you will be glad and maybe some of you be upset. I wish we could have stuck to the March date but that has ceased to be an option. Being the optimistic sort that I am, I have made a list of reasons to think about why
this is a good thing.
1) Now when we all get together it will be much warmer to unload, assemble, sail, and trailer our boats. We can have an outdoor barbeque or something, I hope, while we work and visit.
2). It will give more time to everyone to clear their calendars for this date – this date WILL NOT change (assuming no cataclysmic events). It is important that we all meet each other and Yves Sansoucy, President of Mystere.
3). No one will have to find a place to store their boat by then as it will be the start of the season (admittedly a little early yet for some).
4). No one (like me) will have too much time to practice before the first regatta at Caesar Creek (Mayday regatta) to get an advantage.
5). Everyone will have more time to prepare for their new arrivals with a trailer, trapeze harness(es), beach wheels, covers, etc.
DELIVERY DETAIL: Many have asked about boat boxes – the answer is that the boats are NOT packed in boxes. They are put on the truck on racks if I understood correctly (Yves apologizes to me about his English and I apologize to him about my hearing). At any rate, the boats need to be assembled and taken home on a trailer, another reason to be there and have a trailer. If you are double-stacking boats, my advice is to find and bring along some heavy-duty carpet pieces that you can fold over to have the carpet side on each boat and then tie the boats together and to the trailer. I will have specific measurements for the distance between the centerlines of the hulls (68 1/2″) and the distance between the narrowest portion of the inside of the hulls for the next update. This will allow you to prepare the trailers for the 4.3s. Anything that held a Hobie Wave or a Hobie 14 will definitely work with only simple mods ,if any, and anything larger will always work, especially if you prepare it with those dimensions in mind.
HARNESSES : I told Yves that we were considering a group purchase for harnesses and he told me that he would help us out (again) with a good price on Magic Marine “Equipe” harnesses. Mystere runs a sailing school not far from the factory and they sell harnesses there. Magic Marine makes harnesses most top sailors use and this would be a great opportunity to get a quality harness at a god price which I will share with you as soon as Yves
gets back to me. The website to look at these harnesses is:
BEACH WHEELS : Here are the best prices I can get:
For the Tiger trax which are the plastic wheels – $203.00
For the Cat Trax which are the black rubber and aluminum rims – $273.00
For the option of adding cradles – $89.00
If you are all shipped to one location shipping will be included.
If you need individual shipping, cost of the tracks will be plus shipping.
REGATTA NEWS on next update.