Project Cheers by Tom Follett, Dick Newick, and Jim Morris

Project Cheers by Tom Follett, Dick Newick, and Jim Morris

From the preface: This is the story of simple human endeavour...A new concept in boat design; a double crossing of the Atlantic—St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to England; the Single-Handed Transatlantic Race to Newport, Rhode Island; thence the return journey to St. Croix—nine thousand miles in a total sailing time of 68 days at an average speed of 5.5 knots...."

From the PT Watercraft site: Cheers was designer Dick Newick’s first answer to the call of the OSTAR race. This east to west, upwind race that began in 1960 hosted and inspired huge leaps in innovation in offshore sailboat design.

In this race, which was won in 40 days in 1960, won in 18 days in 1980 (by a Newick designed trimaran) and was later sailed in much less time again, Cheers was merely a stepping stone in the evolutionary ladder, but she did much more than just a third place finish in 1968.

Cheers was as different a craft as had ever shown up at a starting line for a major race at that time. Besides being tiny in size and very lightweight, Cheers was a proa. Proa’s are an unusual and ancient sailing concept where the boat sails both directions and always keeps one side to the wind. This type of craft had not before been explored by modern sailors, yet she finished well in a race with many serious competitors, both monohull and multihull, many of them being much longer.

Cheers was an image of minimalism and creativity, but she carried her skipper, Tom Follett, round trip from St Croix, USVI to England, to Newport, RI, and back to St Croix; 9000 miles in 68 days sailing time, virtually trouble-free.

186 Pages. 2016 Edition.