I love the rocketeer approach, Mike. As I once asked you, "Keep us sailing fast."
Are there Farrier, Corsair, Formula 40s, one off Stilletos or Sea Cart designs, sailing under PHRF in the race?
I have been haunted by that 30 footer since it appeared in the RTI against the Stl 23s years ago. They finished before the squall line intercepted the lead gaggle of 'beach cats' as we were entering Pensacola Bay, and the race was abandoned by the RComm due to pressure from the USCG. We were the actual third boat to finish behind John Suares (RIP) and the Viva 27. Only had the helm knocked out of my hand four times that night only to arrive at the finish line to find no souls there except for my team mate, Bud Schumann, and the Viva crew from MS. The NACRA 5.8 was a great boat for that race.
The Roberts 30 needs to be racing in PHRF for now. We are actually working on developing a modern PHRF system in the GYA. The I 20 guys are not liking the minus double digits we are showing after two years of data:)
Crew weight and power to weight ratio of the platform will play a role on the new frontier.
RTI I second place behind Carlton Tucker N 5.2 vs. H 18
We both jumped the Destin jetty that year because of the swells rolling a magic carpet for us in the low spot. The third boat did not make it, and they changed the rule for RTI II.
Thanks for the memory...