Leech 650 sportsboat

Not much not to like …



LOA 6.5m Mainsail 19m2
BOA 2.3m Jib 7.8m2
Draft 1.8m Spinnaker 53m2
Sailing Displacement 650kg inc. 4 crew

L650 – additional data and plans

A lot of what has been learnt through our successful skiff designs has gone into creating this exciting new sport boat. While the aft sections are reasonably flat and wide for high speed planning and to help with form stability, care has been taken with the prismatic coefficient not to over do this, and make down wind sailing easy.

Features include a retracting, gybing keel, retracting prod, storage lockers beside the keel (one for outboard engine) and main sail boom sheating. Construction is from a detailed CNC cut file, cedar core hull bottom, foam core for hull topsides, deck, and all interior structure, all skinned in a light carbon laminate.

CNC kits available. The first 5 boats have been launched – T/Y versions and sports boats. As of Nov 2014 2 further boats are under construction in both Australia and NZ



Star Sailors League Final

The boat may be old – it may not foil … hell its not even an olympic class anymore but watching the Star league live (today in just over an hour at 4pm GMT) you get to see really close magical racing. This for me is the pinnacle of sailing.



Decent breeze forecast for the morning action on Day 2 of the Star Sailors League, and organizers are buoyed by the multitudes of sailors checking in – yesterday nearly 30,000 keelboat fans watched some of the action!

We won’t promise much in the way of breeze today, but with 5 boats separated by just 5 points right around the all-important knockout position (only the top ten advance to tomorrows finals rounds), we will promise plenty of drama. Watch it live with Genny, Clean, and the SSL team calling the shots – clicky here

Martha’s Vineyard

From Sailing Anarchy:

Sailing Anarchy

Is this the coolest regatta of the year?? Foiling Kiteboards ripping around at 30 knots Classic wooden designs and fun family PHRF boats all racing on the same waters under the same premise; raise money for Sail Martha’s Vineyard.
Needless to say when you combine the words “Sail” and “Martha’s Vineyard” you don’t usually get a lot of people reaching into their pockets to support you it can be a definite case of T-Rex Syndrome.

There is a broad assumption that a “Sailing” organization on the “Exclusive” Island of Martha’s Vineyard where seemingly every Hedge fund manager and Venture Capitalist rubs pumiced elbows with the President  is definitely not in need of funding. But with 500 kids and 400 adults involved in programs this year and an operating budget reaching close to $600K SailMV needs to create innovative ideas to raise money(just like all non profits).

With this in mind the Vineyard Cup was created 10 years ago and it has existed as a family fun regatta with a great party but for 2015 SailMV wanted to make some changes to the Vineyard Cup and wanted to provide the Island with an event that was not only beneficial to one of the most influential non profits but also to provide something that was exciting to watch. Enter Lynch & Associates and their commitment to donate $10,000 in cold hard cash as the prize money for the first Foiling Kiteboard Vineyard Cup.

Bill Lynch and Lynch & Associates have been the force behind the North American Speed Sailing Championships as well as Rob Douglas and his 2008 assault on the Outright World Speed Sailing Record in Namibia. With the prize money in hand Sail Martha’s Vineyard has opened up registration to 30 Foiling Kiteboards to race July 10-12 right off State Beach which in the summer boasts 7,000+ Sun burnt spectators lounging on the beach. So if you think you can nail a foiling jibe at 30 knots or if you want to support a great organization check out the Website here.

Tribute to the French Sailor who paved the way for professional female sailors

from NYT.


Florence Arthaud, the French sailor who died at 57 in a helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday along with nine others, including two French Olympians, was celebrated by the French yachting world as the only woman to have won the Route du Rhum, a grueling solo trans-Atlantic race.

That victory, in 1990, was the apex of her career. Aboard the 60-foot trimaran Groupe Pierre, she outdueled the world’s top solo ocean racers in a 3,500-mile sprint that took her from Brittany, France, to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. No woman has won the event since.

In France her photograph graced the cover of national magazines, and her striking looks — typically tanned, with piercing eyes framed by thick, wavy auburn hair — only enhanced the celebrity image.

Officials in La Rioja Province in northwestern Argentina said Ms. Arthaud had been aboard one of two helicopters carrying 10 people to a remote gorge to film a television reality show, “Dropped,” when the aircraft collided. The participants were to be left to find their way back to civilization.

Among the dead were Camille Muffat, 25, who won three swimming medals at the 2012 London Olympics, and Alexis Vastine, 28, who won a bronze medal in boxing at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Arthaud had been a familiar competitor in sailing circles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, famed for her solo exploits. But none was as storied as her victory in the Route du Rhum.

The race is considered second in prestige only to the Vendée Globe, a solo nonstop around-the-world race. And her win helped pave the way for some renowned female solo sailors of today, including the Britons Sam Davies and Dame Ellen MacArthur.

“When she won, she was an inspiration to most girls in France and in Europe,” Isabelle Autissier, the first woman to complete a circumnavigation in competition, said in a phone interview from France on Tuesday. “She demonstrated that it wasn’t just the muscle of man needed to win solo competitions. It was the brain, accuracy in meteorology and working with yacht design.”

She added, “She was the most popular sailor in France for sure.”

Davies, considered the world’s top female solo sailor, recalled Arthaud from an early age. “I remember as a little girl cutting out this amazing picture of Florence and putting it on my bedroom wall,” she said. “It was this amazing picture of her on this silver trimaran Groupe Pierre looking so feminine. It inspired me that you could be a girl and sail these amazing boats.”

Davies is currently leading an all-women’s team in the Volvo Ocean race.

Though Arthaud and Autissier shared the mantle as France’s top female sailors, it was Arthaud who had the fastest start in the sport.

She was born on October 28, 1957, in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Her parents ran a publishing house in Paris, and she grew up sailing with notable French yachtsmen, including the father of French offshore sailing, Eric Tabarly. At 17 she was in a serious car accident that left her in a coma. It took her two years to recover.

Sailing solo is inherently treacherous, but Arthaud was masterly in avoiding disaster. Her most recent close call came in 2011, when she was washed overboard while sailing solo off the coast of Corsica. She was able to retrieve her cellphone — it was in a waterproof case — and phoned her mother in Paris. She was rescued after several hours alone in the sea.Despite setting several transoceanic records, including one in the 1997 Transpac race with the French yachtsman Bruno Peyron, Arthaud wanted more from her career, but she had trouble finding sponsors in later years.

“It was painful for her,” Autissier said.

Arthaud was divorced. Her survivors include her daughter, Marie.