November 1999

Foundation T30 - Racing at Hamilton Island Race Week 1999
Foundation T30 - Racing at
Hamilton Island Race week 1999

Tenacity T7 - Racing on Auckland Harbour
Tenacity T7 - Racing on
Auckland Harbour
Thompson Design
Hi everyone, at long last we have finally managed to get our first newsletter on its way to you. From now on you can expect to receive a regular newsletter via our e-mail/web site or by mail in the last week of every month or if we have some exciting news to show you, we will advise you sooner. Your email will include our main articles we feature for the month and the rest of the newsletter will be featured on our site. We have evolved a number of new and interesting developments with our boat designs and have made significant changes to our web site and systems, which will take us into the millennium

We are working on a new website which will not only enable us to keep up with your requests but will also provide you with a very simple and user friendly style, it will also provide you with up to date activities happening around the world with all our T boats.

Each design on our site page will include more information, a photo gallery and drawings. Not to be missed are the great photos of our new boats under construction and sailing in recent regattas. Don’t forgot to look out for our new screen savers that can easily be down loaded on our old and new site. We will contact you by email once our new site is up and running.

You will notice we are continuing to market our boats as "T Boats" around the world, so you may notice we will start referring to our boats as T boats, the T will become very prominent on and off the water.

Our First Newsletter
Being our very first e-mail, we are bound to have made some mistakes. Should you receive more than one, please let us know. We may even have sent your e-mail to several different addresses. If so, when you notify us, we would appreciate having your preferred address. Lastly, in the unlikely event that you wish to discontinue receiving our newsletter we would like to be advised

Rapid Ride - Just about ready to be launched
Rapid Ride - Just about ready
to be launched
T Boats Launchings
Rapid Ride
A new T850 was launched in Akaroa (New Zealand) on the 15th of October, owned and built by Bernie Reid. We spoke with Bernie after sailing his first race in Akaroa and were delighted to hear that it had exceeded all his expectations and more. Bernie had wanted a boat that could be built by home construction, at a reasonable price with its main objective of being capable of beating the young 88s who have dictated the sailing at Akaroa for a considerable period of time. In the first race, Bernie beat the fastest young 88 by 4 minutes, without the use of his gennaker.

Work Release
Seattle launched its first T650 in August this year, owned by Matt Galbraith, Charlie Adams, Chris Gibbons and Ren. It was due to be launched prior to the start of the Whidbey Race Week held on Whidbey Island (Seattle in the USA). Steve flew up to Seattle to help the team with the final touches to complete the boat and to assist with some sailing tips on the T650. After a few long days, which extended into the late hours of the evening, the boat was finally ready to be launched during the start of the Whidbey Race Week. The exhausted team missed the first day racing, but quickly came to grips with the boat and placed 1st in the last 2 days racing. Since then, the boat has been racing well. Watch out for the photos of Work Release next month.

The new T750 Atomic has just arrived in Auckland. Owned by Charles Hollings, this boat should provide some interesting racing on the Auckland Harbour in the near future. We are yet to capture some photos for our newsletter.

1st Overall winners of Hamilton Island Sports division - Desperado
1st Overall winners of Hamilton
Island Sports division - Desperado

Sports Boat division racing under Spinnaker at Hamilton Island
Sports Boat division racing under
Spinnaker at Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Race Results
The great Whitsundays regatta attracted a record fleet of 163 entries, exceeding last years record by 20 boats. The first seven races were sailed in moderate to fresh conditions with south Easterly winds at around 12-25 knots. For the final races, the wind dropped to 8 knots and less.

The sport boat division, which included 20 entries, 6 of the Thompson boats finished in the top 10. This division combined a wide mix of boat types with the only eligibility requirement being that they must be under 2000kg displacement and designed to plane when reaching and running.

1st overall was Desperado – Thompson 8, owned by Noel Leigh-Smith, winning by a 10 point margin over Terrorist.
3rd overall was the new Thompson 30 Foundation, racing for its first time and helmed by its owner Mr Masato Fujimaki .
5th place – Mustard Cutter owned by Dave Turton racing in Thompson 750
7th place – Smoke on the Water, owned by T Gordon also racing a Thompson 7(formerly known as Lightening 7)
8th place - C’est la Vie owned by P Gal racing Thompson 750
10th was Rock ‘n’ roll owned by K.Williams competing in a Thompson 7.

Up Coming Events to look out for:
11-12 December
- Line 7 Port Nicholson Regatta (Wellington, New Zealand)

17-21 January Key West (USA)

Snapper Point Classic - Victoria T7 State Titles – at Mornington Yacht Club

MARCH 2000
TYA NSW State Titles - NSW T7 State titles at RPAYC, Pittwater
(Sydney, Australia)

Australia T7 Championship - venue TBA

MAY 2000
Bay to Bay Regatta – Tin Can Bay Yacht Club for Trailer sailors.

Hamilton Island – T7 Midwinter’s

Priced from only $25 AUD per shirt, email us with your sizes boat name and we will forward these for your next regatta.
T750 Mustard Cutter
T750 Mustard Cutter

T750 Mustard Cutter
T750 Mustard Cutter
Round the Yards
Most of the action seems to be happening in Auckland this month, maybe due to the fact that the exchange rate in New Zealand is making it so affordable for the export boats to be built there.

Boats Built in New Zealand
A number of Thompson boats have been built in New Zealand over the last couple of years for both the international and the local market. This includes the recently completed new design T590, the T750 Atomic for an Auckland Client. Currently underway is the T850 for John Ward in Auckland, and also we have a T35 in process for an American client.

Boats under construction
A T850 being built for John Ward in Auckland (NZ). Due to be completed by early 2000. The T850 is a versatile yacht with both cruising and racing capabilities. This boat can be built in a variety of materials to suit the builder. Extensive analysis has been carried out to ensure performance is second to none for this size boat and is projected to be exciting particularly upwind, due in part to the finer hull sections and stability provided by the large bulb. Contact us for more information on this design.

We have a new T750 under construction and being built by the owner Brook Faulkner in Napier (NZ). We hope to see this one racing in the New Years regatta in Napier and perhaps we will see this boat in Auckland racing alongside the T750 Atomic.

The owner, Hugh Dimock, is building the first of the T8 Cruisers in Christchurch. This boat is due to be launched early in the New Year.

T7 Tenacity sailing on Auckland Harbour
T7 Tenacity sailing on
Auckland Harbour
Whats Happening in Australia
In Australia there is a lot of interest with both the T650 and T750, with a new T750 due to be launched soon in North Queensland and a T650 under construction by the end of the year to be ready in time for the Bay to Bay Regatta in May 2000.

The T7s are still creating a huge amount of interest in Australia, Sailing Scene already has orders placed right into the New Year . With a good number of T7s in Australia, we are now able to provide the owners with one division racing. The Mornington Yacht club will be holding the Victoria T7 State Titles in February next year, followed by the New South Whales State Titles held at Pittwater in Sydney in March 2000. Also planned for the T7 during Easter 2000 is the T7 championship for Australia with the venue yet to be advised.

Comments from Sailing Scene
Lightening Yachts are no longer involved with the construction of the 7 metre. Larry Gray at Composite Concepts continues to build the boats under license from Thompson performance Design. You will notice there has been a change with the Lightening 7 class, It has now been decided the class should be known as the Thompson 7 to aid the international marketing of the class. Sailing Scene have advised the production queue now extends into the New Year, with export orders imminent for the northern summer, with orders to be placed early to avoid disappointment.

T30 Wairere Battling for the Finish line
T30 Wairere
T boat Articles to look out for:
-We made the Harken 2000 catalogue refer page 177 – For an arial view of the T30 Wairere sailing at Key West in January 1999
- Australia Sailing – November issue Page 61 features New Boat article on the
Thompson 30
- Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club features an article on Steve’s review on what is a "Sport Boat".

Next Months Newsletter will feature:
- Photos of the T590 under construction and sailing
- An article from Chris Bouzaid on his new T30 as well as a great selection of photos.
- America’s cup photos taken by Vicki MacFeidh from Seattle who recently spent some time watching round robin 2
-T590 - New Design including fantastic construction photos
- T35 – New Design of the month

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