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Bermuda Sloop Fractional (with jib)
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If you can find the January/February 1986 edition of Multihulls magazine (Mr. Chiodi, editor) you will find a 1 page review (p. 63) on the Stampede 20. It was introduced in the U.S in May of ’85 for the Worrell 1000. It was the only stock boat racing against heavily-modified factory boats, like the Randy Smyth’s Prindle 19. “No other cat sails quite like a Stampede. Superb handling characteristics, ultra-sensitivity, and instantaneous response. It’s quite a shock to have such unexpected lively performance and accelerations in a 20 foot cat. We have heard comments such as ‘I have never sailed such an excellent handling boat,’ and ‘how can it sail perfectly balanced on main alone…’ a real bonus when we get those 25-30-knowt winds and 10-foot seas; just reef in the jib and let her fly.”
“Rodney March is the designer of the Olympic Tornado as well as the Stampede (and Dart 18, too!). Its overall superiority in design should prove to be competition even against the fastest cats in the world; perhaps even when sailed stock.”
Specifications: L.O.A. 19’05” B.O.A. 8’00” Mast 29’05” Mainsail 350 sq. ft. Jib 50 sq. ft.
Weight 350 lbs.
No daggerboards, no boom, no diamond wires, no complications, so as the article concludes: “…nothing but sophisticated simplicity! Since the real test is not only maching, but sailor; with less to adjust and less to go wrong, more concentration could be placed on helmanship…the key ingredient.”
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