|Miami-Nassau Race, 1983 SORC (L Moran)|
The Serendipity 43's were a development of Peterson's earlier yachts that exemplified a masthead rig, heavy displacement (by today's standards), narrow stern and deep forefoot. The Serendipity 43 featured a more moderate approach, designed to be a solid all-round performer, with wider stern sections for better reaching performance with a shallower forefoot and more rocker. The design had proved her pedigree, with an earlier version Acadia taking class and overall honours in the 1980 SORC. She had a rating of 33.3ft IOR, based on rated length (L) of 35.33ft, beam (B) of 12.88ft and displacement (DSPL) of 17,529lb.
|Scarlett O'Hara in the slings (photo Larry Moran)|
Scarlett O'Hara first raced in the 1982 SORC with Tom Blackaller at the helm. Blackaller had been involved in the project from the design and construction phase, but only stayed with the yacht for one year, during which time she finished fifth in class in the 1982 SORC.
|Scarlett O'Hara powers upwind during the 1983 SORC (photo Larry Moran)|
|The close battle in Class D between Locura (left) and Scarlett O'Hara was a feature of the 1983 SORC (photo Seahorse)|
|Scarlett O'Hara in tight reaching conditions during the 1983 SORC|
Further optimising saw Scarlett O'Hara in top form for the 1983 SORC. She was fitted with a triple-spreader Stearn mast, and a new wardrobe from Horizon sails. Chris Corlett as skipper, and Dee Smith (tactician), of Horizon-San Francisco, formed a powerful afterguard and the boat put in a dominant display in the series, a feature of which was her close battle in Class D with the Soverel 43 Locura (33.6ft IOR). Scarlett O'Hara finished as top yacht overall in the SORC, and winner of the Governor's Cup, but finished a close second to Locura in their class, with impressively consistent placings of 2/6/1/2/1/1. Both boats were selected for the US 1983 Admiral's Cup team, and were joined by the smaller Holland 40 Shenandoah which had won Class E.
From the photographs it can be seen that Scarlett alternated between use of a Dacron main and a Kevlar/Mylar version - the Dacron main appeared to have been on the pace as she went on to use it in the Admiral's Cup.
|Scarlett O'Hara in moderate conditions during the 1983 SORC|
|The start of Division D in the Miami-Nassau race during the 1983 SORC - Scarlett O'Hara is to leeward of two yachts (including Glory US-59950) and just to windward of Locura (32331) and Quest (32020)|
For the Admiral's Cup. Scarlett O'Hara was further optimised, with her rating dropping slightly to 33.0ft.
|Scarlett O'Hara manouevres before a race start during the 1983 SORC|
|Scarlett O'Hara powers toward her win in the 1983 SORC in the final race|
|Spinnaker take-down action aboard Scarlett O'Hara during the 1983 SORC (NZ Yachting magazine)|
|Scarlett O'Hara tails the bigger Lady Be (sailing for New Zealand) during the second race of the 1983 Admiral's Cup (photo Alan Sefton/NZ Yachting magazine)|
|Scarlett O'Hara in windy reaching conditions on San Francisco Bay, possibly during the 1986 Big Boat Series|
|Scarlett O'Hara in gybe mark action during the 1984 Clipper Cup series|