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RELEASE:  August 29, 2015 - Seneca, South Carolina
Fickle Winds Prove Challenging at Lake Keowee

Two “mature” Raiders (hull numbers 22 & 13) showed up at the Lake Keowee Sailing Club’s FRIGHT series late summer racing. LKSC is a jewel located in the foot hills of the Smokey Mountains near Seneca, South Carolina. The Portsmouth fleets were split into eleven day sailors and eight keel boats with each fleet having their own start. Winds started out light to moderate but quickly changed to light, variable and shifty. The two Raiders and an MC scow took off from the fleet after the first start on a two mile W/L course. Raider # 22 with Carl Saylor at the helm was first to finish after a spectacular spinnaker reach for the 1 mile downwind leg. John Drawe in Raider 13 finished second 1 minute behind in the 1 hour race. Race 2 was sailed in shifty wisps mostly in 0 to3 wind speeds. The race was eventually shortened by one leg. The MC was first to cross with the Raiders in at 2nd (Saylor) and (Drawe) 4th.

It is noted that the elapsed finishing time of the Raiders for the first race was three minutes ahead of the entire keelboat fleet consisting of J 22 & 24’s,Tempests, Olson and Moore 25’s and a J-80. Obviously, the Raiders are excellent light air performers.

RELEASE:  January 01, 2014 - Wiskeytown Lake, Northern California
Dario Sartori and Gordon won The Wiskeytown Sailing Club Polar Bear Round the Island Race
This is a yearly race held at Wiskeytown Lake Northern California. This was the first year of a Perpetual Trophy.  The race took almost 4 hours due to having winds of only 2 to 4 knots for the first 45 minutes of the race.  Then even less after that, mostly 0 to 1 knot. The Raider crossed the finish line as the second boat, but with corrections for Portsmouth rating it was declared 1st place by a margin of over 8 minutes! There were a total of 6 boats, a Sonar, a Catalina Capri 25, a 16 ft Nacra, a Venture, a Snipe and the Raider Turbo.

RELEASE:  December 8th, 2013 - Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida
John Drawe wins 2013 Kettle Cup Regatta.
The 12th annual Kettle Cup Regatta was sailed at Lake Monroe in Sanford Fl.

2013 Kettle Cup

RELEASE:  October 20, 2013 - Melbourne Yacht Club, Melbourne, Florida
John Drawe wins MYC Fall Small Boat Regatta.
Raider designer John Drawe bested the field at the annual MYC event in the Portsmouth class.  Fellow Raiders Duncan MacKenzie and Harry Stapor rounded out the field at 2nd and 3rd respectively.

2013 MYC Fall Small Boat Regatta

RELEASE:  October 7, 2013 - Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida
Duncan MacKensie first in Open Planing Division.
Duncan Mackenzie sailing his Raider Sport was the overall class winner finishing each race in first or second place.

2013 Sanford Fall Regatta



RELEASE:  December 2, 2012 - Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida
Dave Ellis continues his winning record at the 2012 LMSA Kettle Cup Regatta.
Ellis finished in first place at the Raider East Coast Fall Championship.  Seven Raider skippers joined in with 36 other boats for the Lake Monroe Sailing Association (LMSA) sponsored 11th Annual Kettle Cup Regatta.

2012 Kettle Cup Regatta

RELEASE:  August 22, 2012 - Portsmouth Boat Club, Portsmouth, Virginia
Portsmouth Boat Club announces Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge.
The Portsmouth Sailing Club will be holding its annual dinghy distance race on September 22, 2012.  Four Raiders are already scheduled to compete as a class.  The race will take place on the bay side of Willoughby Spit with a launching at Willoughby Harbor Marina and will sail along Willoughby Spit, through the Hampton Roads Harbor sailing past the Norfolk Naval Base and finishing at the ODU Sailing Center.   It is a fantastic area to sail and all Raider sailors are encouraged to attend.

2012 Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge and Dinghy Distance Race

RELEASE:  June 24, 2012 - Sailing Club at Seabrook, Seabrook, Texas
Ellis raids Seabrook... takes home Solstice trophy.
Dave Ellis took first place in all 6 Portsmouth races at Seabrook Sailing Club’s annual Summer Solstice Regatta on June 23 and 24, 2012 at the Sailing Club at Seabrook, Texas.  Of the 15 boats competing, 4 were Raiders.   Sharing the venue this year with Ellis were Raider 16'er Kent Morrison with a very respectable overall 4th place finish and honorable mentions going to Dennis Kokkinis sailing his new Raider II Sport and Joe Pasciak in his Raider 16 rounding out the Raider field.

2012 Summer Solstice Regatta
RELEASE:  May 05, 2012 - Rudder Club, Orange Park, Florida
Mug race results-May 5, 2012  Ellis does it again!
Dave Ellis of St Petersburg, Fl. in his Raider II Turbo won 1st in his
class (monohull spin B) and ahead of the monohull spin A class
boats. This is the second year Dave has won this class.

Rudder Club 59th Annual Mug Race
RELEASE:  December 03, 2011 - Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida
Dave Ellis bests fellow Raiders for first place in LMSA Kettle Cup Regatta.
In a field comprised of 6 Raiders and 6 other Portsmouth contestants, Ellis finished in first place winning 4 out of 5 races at the 10th Annual Kettle Cup sponsored by the Lake Monroe Sailing Association.

2011 LMSA Kettle Cup Regatta

RELEASE: November 06, 2011 - Lake Canyon Yacht Club, Canyon Lake, Texas
John Luzius 2nd in split field at Wurstfest Regatta wins TCC honors.
John Luzius sailing his Raider 16 in the Portsmouth class at the annual Wurstfest Regatta capped another successful year on the Texas Centerboard Circuit by repeating as the 2011 overall champion. The Texas Centerboard Circuit provides an organized Portsmouth race venue around the state for centerboard sailors.

RELEASE: September 14, 2011 - Austin Yacht Club, Austin, Texas
John Luzius places second in the annual AYC Centerboard Regatta.
In winds fitting the passage of a tropical storm, in this case TS "Lee", Luzius sailed his Raider 16 solo to a second place finish behind a "2-up" Flying Scot in winds of 20+ gusts on Saturday and then on Sunday with 5 boats in the Portsmouth fleet and winds occasionally gusting into the 30's preventing the other fleets from even leaving the dock.

RELEASE:  May 07, 2011 - Rudder Club, Orange Park, Florida
Raider Monohulls only ones to finish grueling Mug distance race.

Rudder Club 58th Annual Mug Race

RELEASE:  April 17, 2011 - Melbourne Yacht Club, Melbourne, Florida
Dave Ellis finishes second at the Melbourne YC 2011 Spring Small Boat Regatta.
Ellis was second overall behind a DaySailor but finished ahead of an NS14.  Other  boats included a Finn and an I550.  Honorable mention goes to Harry Stapor for a 4th place finish in his Raider 16.

Melbourne Yacht Club 2011 Spring Small Boat Regatta

RELEASE:  April 16, 2011 - Lake LBJ, Sunrise Beach, Texas
John Luzius captures First at the 2nd Annual David Luckenbach Memorial Regatta.
Luzius took the top honor over 8 other boats, including a Harpoon 5.2 and Thistle which finished 2nd and 3rd respectively on the 13 mile distance course. This was the second event of the year for the Texas Centerboard Circuit which is open to all centerboard boats desiring to sail Portsmouth events in various formats and venues around the state.

2nd Annual David Luckenbach Memorial Regatta Recap



RELEASE:  April 3, 2011 - Mount Dora Yacht Club, Mount Dora, Florida
Raider Sailboats score one and two at the Mount Dora Yacht Club Annual Regatta.
Dave Ellis took top honors for the second year in a row in his new Raider II Turbo narrowly edging out John Drawe sailing his Raider II in the open class, Portsmouth division of the 58th annual, 2-day event.  Both bested a wide ranging  field of competitors including models from Melges, Hobie and Vanguard with an RS Feva (DPN 105.2) correcting into the third place position.

2011 Mount Dora Yacht Club Annual Regatta Recap

RELEASE:  March 19, 2011 - Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Killeen, Texas
John Luzius takes 2nd at A Bridge Too Far Race.
Luzius and his Raider 16 Sport finished 2nd in the one day "open class" distance event; racing against a mixed fleet which included a Harpoon, a Contender (the eventual winner), an I-Canoe, Cyclones and a Weta Tri, Catalina 22 and Hunter 28.5. The event was the first for the official Texas Centerboard Circuit 2011 season-but was open to all classes at the Stillhouse Hollow Sailing Club.  Luzius completed the approximate 20 mile course in 3 hours and 20 minutes in winds gusting at times to 24 kts.

RELEASE:  October 31, 2010 - Lake Canyon Yacht Club, Canyon Lake, Texas
John Luzius wins Portsmouth Class at 2010 Wurstfest Regatta.
Luzius sailing a Raider 16 Sport finished 1st in the two day series; racing in the small Portsmouth fleet which included Harpoons, a Contender, an MC Scow, a Snipe and an International Canoe.  He also captured overall champion for the year on the Texas Centerboard Circuit.

2010 Wurstfest Regatta Recap

RELEASE:  June 17, 2010 - Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa, Florida
Dave Ellis takes 2nd in Davis Island Yacht Club's Spring Series Portsmouth Division.
Ellis, sailing the Raider II prototype finished 2nd in the small boat Portsmouth fleet. Other boats in the fleet included a 470, a 29er, a Fireball, Windmills, Lasers and Flying Scots.

RELEASE: June 4, 2010 - Vero Beach, Florida
Johannsen Boat Works of Vero Beach, FL begins production of the new line of RAIDER II sailboats.
After two years of design, testing and development, RAIDER II Sailboats are being delivered to customers in the southeast. The design of the RAIDER II was conceived to bring high performance sailing to beginners and experienced sailors alike regardless of skill level or athletic ability. The RAIDER can be sailed for pleasure or raced competitively single-handed or with a crew. The 7’2” beam gives the RAIDER II excellent stability and the unique hull design allow planing speeds in excess of 13 kts. in moderate winds. This striking 16 footer has a waterline length of 15’ 10”. With a narrow waterline beam, a very fine entry and a high aspect daggerboard, the upwind performance is excellent.

The prototypes and pre production models have been extensively tested in the Gulf, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific coast in a broad range of wind and sea conditions and proved to be very durable. With a hull weight of 200 lbs., the RAIDER II can be easily and quickly ramp or beach launched.

The cockpit of the RAIDER has been designed for comfortable daysailing with all "hard spots" and corners being eliminated. All sail control lines are led to the cockpit for easy sail control. The hull features Harken and other fine quality hardware.

Raider II sailboats are offered in two configurations:  Raider II with mainsail and jib only which is intended for single or double handed club and one design racing and the Turbo model which also includes an Asymmetrical spinnaker or Screecher.

RELEASE: May 1, 2010 - Jacksonville, Florida
The Rudder Club's 57th Annual Mug Race.
Dave Ellis, sailing his Raider Sport with a Raider II prototype rig finished second in the monohull spinnaker div. in the 42 mile event. In Dave’s division, he trailed only Robby Wilkins who was last years overall race winner in an E Scow. Ellis finished 19th overall of the 137 entrants in the race and in front of 20 of the 37 multihulls entered. This was Dave’s first Mug Race.

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