USITA Long Beach is actively racing three Mark I Tempests, USA-318, USA-323 and USA-335 at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) in Long Beach, California. These two boats are rigged as identically as we can make them, to make the racing as fair possible. In addition, we are rebuilding two Mark I Tempests, USA-160 and USA-211 to make them as identical as possible to the two boats being actively raced. Work started some time ago on USA-160 and USA-211, and USA-211should be finished about the middle of next year.
These five boats will form the core of the Tempest racing fleet, which will be skippered by younger sailors who cannot afford to own and campaign a competitive, high-performance keelboat. The cost of maintaining these boats will be paid by donations to USITA Long Beach, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
The following table provides a summary of the above five boats. They represent Tempests constructed by three different boat builders: O’Day, Plastrend and Mader between 1967 and 1984.
|Sail No.||Name||Year Built||Builder||Mold No.||Builder's Serial No.||Type of Spinnaker Launcher|
|USA 160||Dr. J.||1967||Plastrend||M2P1||T1115||Bow|
|USA 318||Showboat Gambler||1975||Mader||M13||199||Bow|
|USA 323||Class Act||1975||Mader||M13||149||Bag|
|USA 329||Long Term Affair||1975||Mader||M13||197||Bow|
The following photos provide you with a quick look at the work we are doing on the two Tempests that are actively racing and the three that are being rebuilt.
BOATS BEING REBUILT
This boat is a Plastrend that was built in 1967. Despite being the oldest Tempest in the fleet, the boat is in remarkably good shape, a testimony to the quality workmanship by Plastrend. Since its initial construction, the boat has been retrofitted with a spinnaker launcher that runs inside the boat from the bow to the starboard tank. In addition, the original steel keel blade has been replaced by a stainless-steel keel blade. A detailed description of this boat is provided on the USITA website.
The boat has been totally refinished and is in the process of being rigged. The overall rebuilding program for this boat is divided up into stages. The first stage, which involved refinishing, is now complete, and we are into stage two, which is the rigging. For photos of this boat, click on Boat Rebuilding and Maintenance Photos.
This boat was made by O’Day in 1970. The quality of the Tempests made by O’Day steadily improved from the time they started production, and this boat is well built. The boat does not have a spinnaker launcher and uses bags on either side of the mast to launch the spinnaker. Similarly to Dr. J., this boat is a total rebuild. For photos of this boat, click on Boat Rebuilding and Maintenance Photos.