|Gitchy Goomy (photo Farr Yacht Design)|
The design was the first Half Tonner by Farr since his breakthrough boat Titus Canby (1972). Farr described the improvements over his earlier design in an interview in 1976 - "She is nearly a metre longer and ten percent lighter than Titus Canby. That means she can have more sail area. She will be more powerful with a higher ballast ratio, but less wetted surface, and that means she will go a whole lot faster." Its hull shape was a development of the bigger 1104, being finer forward, slightly beamier in the mid-section and flatter aft, with a displacement of 2,220kg. The keel was of a high aspect ratio, and the rudder a new design aimed at improved control.
|Farcical (photo Greg Paul)|
However, in a short space of time before the trials, the design had been affected by changes to the IOR that penalised broad sterns, and was outclassed by the new centreboard designs by Farr (Gunboat Rangiriri and Swuzzlebubble) and Laurie Davidson (Waverider) that had arrived on the scene in mid-1977.
|Cotton Blossom during the 1977 New Zealand Half Ton national championships|
|Australian Farr 920 Vitamin C at speed (photo Chris Furey)|
|Vitamin C mixing it up with Three-Quarter Tonners circa-1976 (photo Chris Furey)|
|Farrgo, GBR (photo www.shockwave40.blogspot.com), below Cotton Blossom in recent times |
|Farr 920, USA, sporting a cut-down Mumm 30 main|