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RAIDER 16 ARCHIVES (1999 - 2008)

RELEASE: April 13, 2008
22nd Annual Sailing Championship - Siesta Key Sailing Club

Ted Jennings Wins 22nd Annual Sailing Championship
Ted Jennings, stalwart member of the Siesta Key, Fl Sailing Club, won the club's 22nd Annual Sailing Championship April 11, 2008 on the sometimes not so serene waters of Little Sarasota Bay.

Jennings, who has been sailing for over 70 years, now sails the Raider Sport 16, GOOMAR. Ted's Raider is the smallest, albeit fastestboat in a fleet of eleven sloops. This means he starts every race last, well behind the other boats, due to the club's unique reverse handicapping system. As for the othercertificate skippers, thay can glimpse Ted's winning style as he passes them on his way to the finish mark. Jennings amassed 34 points over the 6 month, 22 race season - winning 9 races and placing in 4 others.

Ted moved to Sarasota in 2004 with his wife of 50 years, Sally. When not sailing, Ted and Sally breed Labrador Retrievers and travel extensively showing their award-winning dogs and judging AKC dog sjows. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren, 2 living in Sarasota and 6 in Connecticut.

RELEASE: May 7, 2007
54th Annual Mug Race - Rudder Club of Jacksonville, FL

Paul Keeler Wins Sullivan E. Howard Trophy--
Paul Keller racing his Raider Sport was the First Non-Cruising Monohull to finish the Mug Race this past weekend (39th Overall of 138 boats), earning him the Sullivan E. Howard Trophy as well as the Class Victory. This in spite of a 43 minute late start due to a error in his starting time assignment. Bruce Sobut racing the Raider Trader finished 2nd in class (58th Overall) in a clean sweep for the Raiders.

Conditions were light and variable in the opening sections of the race, which wasn't a good omen. Similar conditions 2 years ago led to no wind and the abandonment of the race by nearly all of the competitors. After a couple of hours it happened. The wind calmed from the south and the drifting began for Bruce. Paul, in the lead, managed to stay in slightly moving air, opening a large gap. While waiting, Bruce went for a swim! It looked like another abandonment and tow back to the Rudder Club.

After several hours of drifting, the wind steadily built to 10-15 knots from the east. Perfect conditions for the Raider! The race was on! By this time, an average speed of around 6 knots was going to be needed in order to make the cut-off time of 8:15 PM. Fortuneately the wind gods provided and both boats stayed on a beam to close reach all the way to the turning mark at the I-295 bridge. Long runs of over 8 knots were recorded and at one point, Bruce measured 9.8 knots on his GPS (without Spinakker!).

The last leg was a wet, pounding, upwind run but nevertheless a welcome one since the Finish was in sight. Paul completed his race at 6:45 with Bruce trailing 1/2 hour behind at 7:15, still a comfortable hour ahead of the cut-off. We had completed the last 30 miles at an average speed over 7 knots!

John Drawe 1st
John Drawe 1st Place
John McNeil 2nd
John McNeil 2nd Place
Bruce Sobut 3rd
   Bruce Sobut 3rd Place
     

 

RELEASE: September 1, 2006
Raider fleet to assemble at MYC Fall Regatta

RELEASE: May 6, 2006
Ashley Saylor takes 2nd in Class in 53rd Annual Mug Race
Ashley Saylor (18) was the first Raider to cross the finish line of the 39-mile race from Palatka to Jacksonville, FL.  She finished 2nd in the 'Mono Open 2' class, and 33rd overall in a 118-boat fleet.

RELEASE:  April 24, 2006
John MacNeill defends title at 2006 MYC Spring Regatta

On April 22-23, 2006, John MacNeill successfully defended his national title at the 2006 Melbourne Yacht Club Spring Regatta.

RELEASE:  Nov 21, 2005
John MacNeill wins the 2005 Raider Nationals

On November 19-20, the Raider Nationals were held in conjunction with Melbourne Yacht Club's Small Boats Fall Regatta.   The Nationals were delayed from the original date of Oct 22-23, when Hurricane Season intruded on Racing Season.  After 2 days of very close racing, John MacNeill took first overall in the Raider Class.

RELEASE: Oct 1, 2005
Raider Nationals to be Held in Florida
Melbourne Yacht Club will be the site for this years nationals. Located on the east coast of florida, this is a great venue. Part of a week long racing event that will include seminars and some great of the water activities. Small boat racing will be held October 22 and 23rd.

RELEASE: June 01, 2005
Composite Rudder and Dagger Board Now Standard
Fiberglass finished in white gelcoat blades are now shipping with all Raiders. They are also available as an upgrade and work great with the carbon fiber heads that are also standard equipment.

RELEASE: May 09, 2005
Girls Try Again to to Take Top Honors
Jacksonville, Florida is the finish for the 52nd annual Mug Race. With 200 plus boats sailing 41 miles on the St. Johns river starting in Plataka. Unfortunatly this year was not a favorable year for Ashley and Killian sailing the Raider and the majority of the fleet. Only two (Catamarans) of the hundreds of boats to enter even crossed the finish line as the wind did not show up. After 10 hours on the water the bridge marking the half way point was barely in site. The 6pm cutoff time was past and the winds were still not present causing the girls to turn around and head back to Plataka. Taking a tow they arrived at the dock aroung midnight. Maybe next year will be different, the girls will be there, what about you?

RELEASE: Dec 02, 2004
Joe Waters Takes 1st Place in Hensley Cup
Catawba Yacht Club Lake Wylie, Charlotte, NC. Event Raises $3569.50 for the Sara Hensley Trust Fund! Joe was sailing a RAIDER Sport W/ spinnaker. The fleet consisted of J 22's, Vangard 15's, Lasers, Lightnings, Ensigns, Wayfarers etc. All boats were given handicaps based on the portsmouth ratings and a reverse start was used. Congradulations Joe.

RELEASE: May 02, 2004
Ashley and Crew Cleans Up
Ashley Saylor (16) and her crew Killian Dortch (14) dominated the 51st Annual Mug Race presented by the  Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Fl.  They won the Fred Austin Memorial Trophy for the first boat with skipper and crew under the age of 19 to finish.  They also won the Bobby Lee Johnson Trophy for the first all female crewed boat to finish.  Finally, defeating seven older, more experienced sailors, they won overall honors in the Raider Class with a time of 8h 02m for the 39 nautical mile race. 

Mug Race 2004 StartJoe Waters, who makes the Raider sails finished 2nd and John Drawe, designer of the Raider, finished 3rd.  Official results will be posted as soon as they are available. The day started out with perfect conditions, broad reaching in 15-20 knots of wind.  Several of the larger boat captains expressed their amazement at how quickly the Raider fleet passed them by.  Several stopped by after the race to get more information on the Raiders.  After passing the Shand's Bridge at Green Cove Springs conditions became more difficult, with constantly changing wind strength and direction caused by a cluster of thunderstorms.  At times all the boats were drifting, while later on,  some boats were knocked down by winds of 40+ knots that hit around 5:30. Fortunately all of the Raiders were safely ashore by then, enjoying the Mug Race 2004 Trophieshospitality provided by the Rudder Club personnel.                                         

 

 

If you haven't had the opportunity to participate in the Mug Race, you are missing one of the best, most well run regattas in Florida. Special thanks goes out to Mark Johannsen (manufacturer of the Raider) and Carl Saylor, who provided their time to run support throughout the race.

 

 

 


                                   

RELEASE: April 20th, 2004
Saylors Take Top Honors
Carl Saylor and his daughter Ashley, placed 1st and 2nd respectively at the Melbourne Yacht Club's Spring Regatta held April 17th and 18th.  Carl had four 1st place finishes and a 3rd to top the Raider fleet of 7 boats.  Ashley placed 2nd three times, along with a 3rd place finish before winning the last race on Sunday by a wide margin.  John McNeil took home the 3rd place trophy.  With the blustery conditions and winds approaching 20 knots at times, just about everyone got wet at least once.  All the sailors just jumped back in and kept going though.
The Melbourne Yacht Club provided the food and Johannsen Boat Works, manufacturer of Raider Sailboats, provided the beer Saturday night with the sailors enjoying a fun evening after a tough day on the water.

RELEASE: December 08, 2003
Gulf Coast Raider Joins the Raider Team
Gulf Coast Raider is now the exclusive Raider Sailboat dealer for the West Coast of Florida. Bruce Sobut, President of Gulf Coast Raider, said "I'm am very excited to be associated with Raider Sailboats.

RELEASE: October 22, 2003
First Fleet race in Florida for Raiders
Melbourne Fall Regatta 2003 Five RAIDER Sports joined the Annual Fall Regatta hosted by the Melbourne Yacht Club (MYC) On Oct. 18th & 19th. We were given our own fleet start and a grand time, on and off the course was had by all. Coffee, sweet rolls and other goodies were available during registration and friendly club members helped during launching. By noon on Saturday the winds were at the mid teens with gusts to 20, northerly but variable. When the Raiders got their start the first course was a long triangle with a windward/leeward/windward finish. John MacNeill from MYC led the pack across the line and maintained his lead to the finish. The second race was pretty much a repeat of the first. Local knowledge has its blessings. The third race was won by Paul Keller from Vassar, Michigan with Carl Saylor from Gray, Georgia second and MacNeill third. MacNeill was involved in an altercation at the start and never recovered. MacNeill led the pack home again in the fourth race. The days activities ended with a barbecue dinner, club donated adult beverages and a raffle drawing for some really great prizes donated by Performance Sail and other regatta sponsors. On Sunday, the first gun sounded a few minutes before 11 and the course was a W/L for two trips and a windward finish. The wind was again northerly in the 10-kt range, however some rain was added to ensure that nobody O.Deed on “fun”. Carl Saylor dominated Sundays’ racing with three bullets putting him in the top spot for the regatta. MYC had chase boats through out both days handing out water and ensuring a safe, fun event. More food, beverages and door prizes were passed out back at the MYC club house as well as some great trophies. We all left Sunday with the thought that this was definitely an event to come back to next year.

 

 

Sail Number

Boat Name

Skipper

R 1

R 2

R 3

R 4

R 5

R 6

R 7

Total Points

Place

21

 

C. Saylor

( 2 )

2

2

2

1

1

1

9

1

1

 

MacNeill

1

1

3

1

3

2

( 4 )

11

2

23

 

Keller

( 6 )

3

1

4

2

3

2

15

3

35

Bumble B

Calame

( 6 )

5

4

3

4

4

3

23

4

22

Flutterby

A. Saylor

3

4

5

5

5

5

( 6 )

27

5


  

RELEASE: August 1, 2003
Raider 16 high and dry!
Mr. McMasters of middle Georgia wanted to keep his   Raider ready for use, but out of the water. The short 3 foot high bulkhead at the back of his house was a problem, until he devised this loading ramp setup. The boat can easily be launched and retrieved using the winch setup. He carpeted the bunks and added two rollers, providing a smooth sliding surface.

Raider Launching Ramp

RELEASE: May 6, 2003
Two Macon, GA area teens win Youth award! Ashley's Youth Awarg Trophy
Ashley Saylor 15, and Killian Dortch 13, were the first teens to cross the finish line in the 50th annual MUG Race sponsored by the Rudder Club of Mug Race Winners Jacksonville,FL. The Mug Race is a 41 mile race for sailboats starting in Palatka Fl. and finishing in Jacksonville. Saylor, the skipper of her Raider Sport sailboat said after winning the perpetual Fred Austin Memorial trophy for first boat to finish with skipper and crew all under the age of 19, ”The Mug Race was a great learning experience for both my crew and myself. After twelve hours on the water we were pretty worn out, but I was happy with our finish and again, I think we learned a lot about racing and sailing in general.” Of the 212 starting boats, only 118 completed the event.

 

RELEASE: February 2, 2003
Some boat show observations!

Posted By: Jeff G. US21 Indiana
" Ok, thinking back on all the boats I toured. Frankly I was more impressed by many of the smaller weekenders/daysailers than I was the larger boats.....I fell in love with a little daysailer called the Raider!. 16' long 200 lb speed demon that you can't flip!! It will plane in 8 knots of wind, has a built in spot for a cooler, can be rigged in under 10 minutes and costs under $6000 new (racing rig!). I hope they sell a bunch of them. With the standard rig (cheaper yet) as an option it would make a great juniors trainer. No worry about being able to right the boat. If somehow you did knock it down, it's self righting by design...... "

RELEASE: January 1, 2003
New for 2003!
All RAIDER 16's will have a premium design radial cut Mylar laminate mainsail as standard equipment. This will improve light air performance as well as offer a more effective overall wind range of the boats' performance.

RELEASE: December 20, 2002
Raider Sailboats will be on display at the "Chicago Boat Show" January 30- February 2, 2003 in Chicago, IL. This will be another opportunity to see the boat up close and personal. Carl Saylor, a factory rep, and father of Ashley Saylor (15) who races her own "Raider Sport" extensively throughout the south east will be available to answer questions.

RELEASE: December 15, 2002
Raider Sailboats will be on display at "Atlantic Sail Expo" January 9-12, 2003 in Atlantic City, NJ. This would be an excellent opportunity to see the boat up close and personal. Also a chance meet the designer and builder Mr. John Drawe, and get all the latest info straight from the source.

 

 

RELEASE: September 16, 2002
Milledgeville Georgia: The Second national Raider Regatta was held on Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville Georgia at the Oconee Sail & Yacht Club (OSYC) on 2002 Raider Regatta September 14th & 15th. Hannah, an uninvited tropical depression showed up for the event to insure that everybody was equally soaked. For the first race on Saturday, a small storm named Ashley also showed up. Ashley is a 120-pound, 14-year-old member of the host club who, in the very light air that was present in between the cloudbursts, smoked the competition. She is also the reigning OSYC portsmouth champion this year.

The second and third races were run in rain and gusty conditions. John Drawe with Ashley following him over the line won the second race by two boat lengths and Paul Keller won the third race. Paul picked up a new gust coming over the lake on the final leg and sailed to an easy five-boat length victory. Lightning strikes then cleared the course and racing was halted for the day.

Sunday racing was delayed until Hannah again gave the sailors a small break. The first start was finally sounded with only four boats starting. Winds were gusty and clocking up to 90 degrees. Drawe won the start and crossed the finish line first with Keller in close pursuit. The second race was nearly a repeat of the first except that again Hannah decided that racing should be halted for the day with a display of heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Hats off to the race officials of OSYC for their perseverance and wise decisions as when to call the races. Snacks and the trophy presentation rounded out the soggy but fun 2002 Raider regatta. Though there was some talk and anticipation of the Raider invasion of 2003….

 



Raider Regatta 202 Competitors

Of the seven entry's, four persevered the
wrath of Hannah to finish the regatta.
 
1) John Drawe Sebastian FL.         7pts;
2) Paul Keller Vassar, MI.           11 pts;
3) Ashley Saylor Macon, GA.      12 pts;
4) Anthony Corbin, Macon, GA.   20 pts


 

 

RELEASE: September 9, 2002
Drawbridge Marine Inc. and Johannsen Boat Works are pleased to announce the formation of a joint alliance wherein Johannsen Boat Works will now manage all aspects of the construction and assembly of the Raider Sport sailboat. The Raiders are a new single or double handed sport boat design introduced last fall. Johannsen Boat Works, long known for their high quality Trinka yacht tenders and sailing dinghies, will begin building both the Raider Sport and Raider 16 sailboats at their Vero Beach, Florida facility. Business owner Mark Johannsen stated that "the alliance would increase overall production efficiency and productivity as well as add new development capabilities". John Drawe, President of Raider Sailboats in Sebastian, Florida said "the agreement would insure the highest product quality for the Raider sailboat line and make available more resources to focus on marketing and one design class development". The agreement will include both domestic and overseas products.

RELEASE: June 9, 2002
2002 RAIDER Nationals will be coming to Georgia.
Sept 14,15, and 16 are the dates to plan on for the Raider Nationals on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, GA. The Oconee Sail and Yacht Club (a member of DIYRA) will be host club. The regatta will be open to RAIDER Sport and Raider 16 models.

For more information contact:
Bill Shaw (912) 994-4030 race chairman
Carl Saylor (478) 755-0330 Raider Fleet #1
John Drawe (561) 388-2832 Raider Factory
Also check back here for more information.

RELEASE: May 31, 2002
Youngest Raider Sailor Update
2002 has indeed been an exciting year for Ashley (age 14). Having past on her Raider 16 and now sailing her new Raider Sport, she has completed the Spring Regatta Series at Oconee Sail & Yacht club with three first place finishes, and taken the first place silver. Included in Ashley's competition were Lightnings, Thistles, Lasers, etc, Congratulations Ashley.

 

 

 

 

RELEASE: May 27, 2002
Results are in from the 49th annual “MUG RACE”.
Held on May 4th, the “MUG RACE” is one premiere distance sailing events in the southeast and is put on by the Rudder Club of Jacksonville. The 41- mile regatta, which starts in Palatka, FL. and ends in Jacksonville, was started in heavy fog and very light air, ended in 12 kts of breeze and hot weather. Of the 217 entries, only 101 completed the race under the time limit allowed. The fleet was made up of 154 monohulls and 63 catamarans. Paul Keller, sailing solo in his RAIDER Sport was the second monohull to finish, following a 28-foot E-Scow skippered by Jim Williams. Of the usual front running multihulls, which normally dominate the race, 37 finished behind the RAIDER. Keller’s strategy during the 41-mile river race was to look for wind ahead on the water and head for it! At the half way point in the race the breeze began to fill in from the east and Keller was able to effectively use the spinnaker on the16 foot RAIDER. Keller said he was able to maintain the lead in the monohull class until arriving at the weather mark, which was about 2 miles from the finish. At that point, with the breeze freshening, Williams’ E scow with its four-man crew was able to pass him to windward. This is the third consecutive Mug Race that the RAIDER was the first single-handed monohull to finish. Keller, who is a 62-year-old self employed model maker, lives in Vassar, Michigan.

RELEASE: November 18, 2001
Youngest Raider Sailor
Ashley Saylor (13) of Gray, GA. is awarded second place in the Oconee Sailing & Yacht Club Day Sailor Class 2001 series. This is Ashley's first full year of racing her own RAIDER 16. She states that "2002 will be another exciting year for me. I have been sailing a borrowed "RAIDER Sport" for the past two months. Moving up to the faster and more responsive boat has helped me place first in my last two consecutive races. My dad say's there is one coming out of the oven with my name on it."

RELEASE: November 7th, 2001
New single-handed spinnaker launch system. Raider Sport only…. "for the serious single handed competitor" contact us for details.

RELEASE: November 2nd, 2001
At the recent St. Petersburg Sail Expo a Sailing World Magazine exec. was quoted as saying, " because of the stability and its self rescuing capability, the RAIDER is probably the best club trainer available today." We will be developing a spec for this application. Contact us.

RELEASE: October 10th, 2001
"young RAIDER skipper dethrones club champ." At a recent open regatta held on Lake Sinclair in Middle Georgia 13-Year-old Ashley Saylor in a borrowed RAIDER Sport not only corrected over the fleet but also was first to finish. Competing in the light air regatta was the current club champion in a Y Flyer, Lasers, Sunfish, and a mixture of keelboats were also in the lineup. Ashley started sailing her own Raider 16 about a year ago…… You Go, Girl!

RELEASE: September 1st, 2001
New traveler system released. To decrease the effort to adjust the traveler in heavy air, we have replaced the traveler control fairlead with small swivel bearing blocks and eyestraps. The reduced friction makes small adjustments easier when beating in heavy air. No drilling is required. Contact us for more info and part numbers.

RELEASE: June 8th, 2001
Another innovation is available on all RAIDER models. Both the carbon and aluminum unstayed spars are now available with sail luff grooves and mainsail halyards. This will allow the sail to be removed while the spar remains standing. A great feature for owners who store their boats on the beach.

RELEASE: March 20, 2001
Macon Georgia …..RAIDERS capture top slots in Cherry Blossom Regatta Lake Juliette Sailing Club's premier sailing event, the 12th Annual Cherry Blossom Regatta held on Sunday, March 18, 2001 was the best attended ever. Twenty-five boats consisting of cruisers, daysailors, and multi-hulls including 3 Special Olympic Boats were at the starting line with 8 to 12 knots of breeze for the three-race regatta. The format for the three races was a modified Olympic course. The multi-hulls and daysailors shared the same starting horn and were classed together. The RAIDER's of Paul Keller and Ashley Saylor (13 years old) captured the two top daysailor slots in their events finishing with three first, and two seconds and a forth place respectively. Keller's new RAIDER, which corrected over the entire fleet was wet for the first time for this regatta. Finishing positions with points:

Daysailor Class:
  1. Paul Keller, RAIDER Sport (1, 1, 1)
  2. Ashley Saylor, RAIDER Sport (2, 2, 4)
  3. Gene McDaniel, Rhodes 19 (3, 4, 2)
  4. Rene Ducheneau, Thistle (4, 3, 3)
  5. Mark Rogers, Lightning (5, 5, 5)
  6. A. Pfeifer, American 14.6 (6, 6, 6)
  7. Joe Kennedy, Ledo (7, 7, 7)

Multi-hull Class:

  1. John Surprenant, Hobie 18 (1, 1, 1)
  2. Stephen Hughes, Hobie 16 (3, 2, 2)
  3. Alfredo Daniel, Prindle 18 (2, 3, 3)

Ashley and her Mom

Ashley Saylor in her Raider.

 

RELEASE: December 14, 2000S.L.O.B.s Fest Regatta
RAIDERS invade S.L.O.B's Fest Regatta.
Three RAIDERS, two equipped with the new asymmetrical spinnakers and one RAIDER Sport finished 1,2 & 3 respectively at the SLOB's Fest held on Lake Monroe in central Florida. The Regatta is a carry over of the once renowned SailFest Regatta, which was the largest inland lake regatta in the U.S. The winning RAIDER skipper, Josh Putnam who is also the present JY 15 national champion had first place finishes both Saturday and Sunday. Third place in a RAIDER Sport model was Ashley Saylor from Gray, Georgia. The Regatta was sailed in winds from 6 to 11 knots both days. The RAIDERS were competing in the open Portsmouth class and also captured line honors racing in the mixed fleets.

RELEASE: November 30, 2000
First RAIDER Regatta in the United States held in Middle Georgia top sailors battle for first. A great party, fun and fast boats! Sound like the Romans planned it? Well no, it was just the first annual RAIDER One- Design Regatta for the "Sport" models. The regatta was held at the Oconee Sail & Yacht Club on Lake Sinclair in Middle Georgia. With the fall color change in full swing, warm afternoons and fair winds, the regatta truly had Mother Nature's full support. The early morning temperatures were in the mid 50's but were hovering at near 80 by the afternoon. With eight entries signed up, the first race got off at 1 PM on Saturday afternoon. All the Raiders were singled handed except for the daughter / mother team of Ashley and Laurie Saylor. The skippers changed boats after each race to keep the competition on an even plane. Former "Force 5" national champion Bill Hunter won the first race by less than a boat length, tying for first place overall in points but losing the championship due to a 2nd place finish in the fianl race. With a total of five races in the series, ties occurred in the first and third places.

Results:
1st place: Yevgeniy Burmatnov, St. Petersburg, Russia
2nd place: Bill Hunter, Milledgeville, GA
3rd place: Ron Katz, Macon, GA
4th place: John Drawe, Sebastian, FL
5th place: Paul Keller, Vassar, MI.
6th place: Kenny Allen, Warner Robins, GA
7th place: Jay Harrell, Atlanta, GA.
8th place: Ashley and Laurie Saylor, Gray, GA.

RELEASE: October 20, 2000
RAIDER sailboats announce the availability of asymmetrical spinnakers.
The spinnakers are 130 sq. ft. and are not for the feint of heart. The asymmetrical spinnakers will be optional equipment on the new RAIDER Sport models. Contact your dealer or the factory for more info.

RELEASE: October 9, 2000
Two RAIDERS invade Lake Lanier's "Barefoot Open Regatta".
Paul Keller and Carl Saylor, a novice and new RAIDER owner, respectively capture 2nd and 3rd place in the open class. Keller had two first overall's in the regatta but missed the first slot by two points. Saylor, being in the boat for the first time...with his wife and daughter aboard as crew, managed one first overall. He was using the new light air sail developed for the RAIDER. The competition included MC Scow' s, Lasers and 470's.

RELEASE: May 6, 2000
RAIDER sailboats finish grueling 42 mile Mug Race.
Two RAIDERS sailed solo by senior citizens finished the Rudder club's (Jacksonville, Fl.) 47th annual "Mug Race" placing 2nd and 4th in "class B " mono hull division. The actual finishing time of the lead RAIDER was over an hour ahead of the 1st place boat before handicaps were applied for the final standings.

RELEASE: April 15, 2000
The first RAIDER 16 is delivered!
Light air performance proves to be very good, despite the 15 sq. ft. sail reduction from the standard RAIDER. Simplicity and ease of operation are exceptional. Rigging time on the trailer is less than 7 minutes!

RELEASE: March 12, 2000
A RAIDER was spotted on a middle Georgia lake with some wild new graphics on the sides and flying an asymmetric spinnaker! Rumor was that it was headed east and going fast!

RELEASE: February 18, 2000
Seitech introduces dolly for RAIDER.
Beach launching your RAIDER just became easier with a new designed launch dolly from Seitech...more to follow. Call or write for special deals.

RELEASE: January 5, 2000
RAIDER sailboats are registered with USSA as a "one design" class.
Regional events planned for Georgia and National in South Carolina.

RELEASE: December 8, 1999
"RAIDER capture top slots."
Two middle Georgia sail clubs (Oconee Sail & Yacht Club and Lake Juliette Sail Club) had RAIDER sailboats finish in 1st place for their 1999 regatta seasons.

RELEASE: September 3, 1999
Drawbridge Marine (RAIDER Sailboats) receives official Portsmouth Rating from US Sailing (91.5)

 

 

 

RELEASE: April 30, 1999
Another new RAIDER Sport hull is christened and equipped with a bi-radial laminated sail (#9) design.
After extensive on the water testing, sail #8 is selected as production design because of wider wind range.

RELEASE: March 27, 1999
A new RAIDER Sport hull "Pandora" with a tri-radial laminated sail (#8) splashes down for her maiden voyage and shake down cruise.
When the starting gun for the Fifth Annual Cherry Blossom Regatta (Lake Juliette in Middle, Ga.) sounds off at 1 PM, Pandora sails around the three mile triangular course to finish in second place, finishing behind another more "mature" RAIDER. The lead RAIDER (with crosscut Dacron sail) is the first mono hull of the twenty three entries to finish in both races of the regatta. However, the potential of the new sail design is apparent.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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