January 2023 - Happy New Year!
First ad of the year goes to Bill Thompson of D'Ad lib needs a number 2 that will win races in a competitive PHRF Fleet here on on Lake Ontario. See the For Sale page.
January 2022 - Happy New Year!
We are optimistic that 2022 will be an even better year for sailing. We're always optimistic around here. Just heard from Mike Kelly that TGV is for sale. It's hull #35 and is in New Orleans. Check the For Sale page.
Ragman, hull #4, has been sold. The new name is Jubilee.
10/16/22 - Wolverine and Pachyderm are tied at 5 wins each at season end in the 2022 ECSA Offshore regattas. The 2023 DIYC ECSA Spring Regatta in June will be the tie-breaker. See their respective results at ECSA2022Circuit (nerdsintheknow.com). Click on Overall Results then click on the boat name. Pachyderm however, is the winner in Division 1 and second Overall in the ECSA Offshore Circuit for 2022. Congratulations, Edgar!!!
10/19/22 - A Frers 33 Wanted ad is posted on the For Sale page.
January 2021 - Happy New Year!
We are optimistic that 2021 will be a much better year for sailing.
For the latest in rudder bearing replacement see Mike Hoyt's painstakingly documented experience on Persistence in the FAQ section. "When we decided to look at the rudder bearings on Persistence there was not a lot of information showing how this is to be done. We decided to photo document the process on Persistence website to make the job just a little bit easier for others contemplating the same job." - Mike
10/17/21 - Wolverine is the Overall ECSA Offshore Circuit winner for 2021, as well as the Division 1 winner. Congrats, Dave!!!
August 2020 -
Ragman has just been posted for sale. See the detail in the For Sale section.
10/16/20 - Wolverine is the ECSA Division 1 winner and third Overall in the ECSA Offshore Circuit for 2021. Congrats, Dave!!!
September 2019 -
Hi. My name is Mike Kelly. I recently purchased TGV (original name, same for now) , Hull number 35 from the original owner. I am in New Orleans and the boat has been here the whole time. He had purchased the boat new. It was originally equipped with the Shoal draft but he later converted it to the longer one for racing. Looking forward to learning more about the boats. (Hull #35 info added to "The Boats" page. - Webmaster).
May 2019 -
First Edition, hull #26, has been sold and moved from Guilford, CT to Montana where, we believe, there are two other Frers 33s. Congratulations to both seller and buyer. See The Boats! page for new ownership info. We wish them wonderful lake sailing!
Also new ownership and boat information have been posted for Southern Cross, hull #17 (x-Risoluto) on The Boats! page.
There a four Frers 33s entered in the Off Sounding Spring Regatta which is a two day distance racing event on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. Friday's race is from Stonington, CT to Block Island, RI. Saturday is the Around the Island Race. Click here for more info and a nice promotional video. Click Yachtscoring for all the race information.
December 2018 -
ECSA 2018 Division 1 (Spinnaker boats up to 134 PHRF)
Congratulations to Edgar Smith and crew of Pachyderm who took 1st in ECSA Division 1 with 5754 circuit points and to Dave Nauber and crew of Wolverine who placed 2nd with 5687. A great rivalry, it was close all year long. Mike Lachance in Checkmate was 6th with 5250. See all the ECSA Results here. Click on "2018", then on "Division List", then on "Division1".
Looking for a Frers 33? First Edition has just been posted For Sale. (Boat has been sold, see May 2019 update above)
Enjoy the Holidays everybody.
July 2018 -
2018 Nationals at Branford YC on Saturday, 7/14 and Pine Orchard YC on Sunday, 7/15
The BYC (Saturday race) is on Yacht Scoring. 57th Annual Invitational on Yacht Scoring.
These are always fun races with really good parties - and the one design aspect is a great opportunity. We also have beautiful etched glass trophies this year, not to mention the half model firmly bolted to Dave Nauber’s mantle. But we need participation for the committees to give us our own start. If you are not already planning on it, I hope you’ll consider entering. Let me know your plans if you are delivering to Branford on Friday, and will make plans to meet up at the BYC for pizza and beer that evening.
See you on the water,
Edgar Smith Edgar@geomatrixproductions.com
January 2018 -
June 30, 2017 -
Frers 33 North American Championships July 15-16, 2017 at Branford YC and Pine Orchard YCC
Click on Regatta Schedule (upper left) to get the NORs and Entry forms for BYC and POYCC Frers 33 North American Championship races on July 15th and 16th. Please let me know if you are planning to race; email@example.com.
Edgar will likely host a gathering in Branford the Friday before the race. Exact time/place still TBD. He will communicate directly about that. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Have a great weekend and 4th of July.
June 19, 2017 - Hello Frers 33 owners and welcome to the 2017 season!
Off Soundings June 9-10, 2017
We kicked off the year in the Northeast with a great Frers 33 turnout of five boats (Audacious, Black Hawk, Checkmate, Pachyderm and Wolverine) at the Off Soundings Regatta on June 9th and 10th. Racing in class C-2 with a total of 12 boats on the line, with a highly contested downwind start and blustery conditions, Bob and Sue Connell on Black Hawk took line honors and First place on Friday’s race from Watch Hill, RI to Block Island. Saturday’s conditions for the traditional “around the island” race began with a moderate breeze, dropped to almost nothing and ended with a solid southwesterly in the high teens. Kathy and I on Wolverine jumped out to an early lead, failed to cover as the wind died, at which point we fell way behind, but were saved by the faithful southwesterly that eventually filled, allowing us to sail around the outside of the fleet, retake the lead and extend to get the gun for a Saturday First and First overall for the weekend. A special welcome to Mike Lachance who raced Off Soundings with his new boat Checkmate. Results can be found here: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4172. The racing was close so ignore the corrected times: Off Soundings uses a penalty system that punishes winning (insert political humor here) so the TCFs are adjusted accordingly. Pachyderm, for example, was sailing with a 20% penalty and Wolverine had 5%, so our corrected times differed. Pachyderm beat us by 2 seconds Friday (that’s right, we were overlapped at the finish after 2hrs:47min of racing), but due to the penalties, the corrected times don’t reflect that.
One-Design North Americans Branford, CT July 15-16, 2017
We will once again hold our North American Championships during the Branford/Pine Orchard regattas. A change to the format for Saturday will likely result in a single long race rather than two shorter Windward/Leeward courses as in the past. We’ll see how it goes and afterwards make a determination about whether to choose another venue for 2018. Please reply to me and let me know if you do plan on participating. I will forward NOR and Entry Forms as soon as I have them.
2017 Annual Dues
As you know, the cost of the website and other club expenses are shared by Frers 33 owners so your active participation is needed and greatly appreciated.
Please mail your $50 check for membership dues made out to:
86 Coyote Trail
Higganum, CT 06441
Alternatively, you can pay using PayPal by sending $50 US to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 members paid in full are:
Bob & Sue Connell Black Hawk
Ted & Janet Dombroski First Edition
Edgar Smith & Margaret Jones Pachyderm
Dave & Kathy Nauber Wolverine
Dick Saunders Out of Reach
Thanks for supporting the Frers 33 class!
January 30, 2017 - Just received word from Joyce Oberdofer that Checkmate has been sold to Mike LaChance and will be berthed in Noank, CT. Welcome to the class, Mike.