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The Tornado Story

The International Tornado Catamaran was designed by Rodney Marsh and Reg White in 1967 and gained it's Olympic Games status from the IYRU after winning a selections regatta held in Brightlingsea, England in the same year.

The Olympic status of the Tornado has brought some of the finest sailors from all over the world to the class. With over 22 nations regularly attending the annual World and European Championships and the three medals won at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games going to three different continents, the Tornado Class has a world-wide fleet matched only by a handful of other sailing classes.

The Class rules allow the boats to progress with technology and let modern materials such as carbon fibre, nomex, epoxy resins and premium grade aluminium to be used in the construction of the boat. This helps with the re-sale value of the boats and enables the Tornado to maintain it's marque as the ultimate speed machine of the water and to this day still remains unchallenged as the fastest one-design boat in the world.

The total weight of the Tornado is around 160 kilograms (similar to the weight of the two people sailing it) and with an upwind sail area of 22 square metres and an additional 25 sqm of spinnaker down wind the Tornado's top speed is in excess of 33 knots.

The International Tornado Association has been working extensively over the past ten years developing both the Regatta Format and the improvement of the Sail Plan.

The 1994 World Championship in Sweden was the first time the new Regatta and Course Format were introduced and they were overwhelmingly accepted by the 77 participants in attendance.

The Course is a simple Windward-Leeward layout with a gate rounding at the leeward end of the course. The introduction of the gate has provided much closer racing due to the advantage offered to the back part of the fleet being able to choose which side of the course they would like to go rather than being forced to go a particular way in a single mark rounding scenario. The Start/Finish line also allows the Race Committee to remain on station for the entire race enabling quick back-to-back races to take place.

The Sail Plan on the Tornado has been through a major development program including the use of spinnakers, bigger 'square-top' mainsails and lower aspect jibs. All the possible combinations were tested by the best cat sailors in the world during an evaluation event in France in 2000.

Taken into consideration was not only performance variations or enhancement but also cost controls and the ability to remain a strict one-design class. The final outcome was for the boat to include the addition of a spinnaker, twin trapeze, square top main sail and a higher aspect jib.

The Tornado is still by far the fastest and most spectacular Olympic Class and with the new hull-flying technique on the downwind legs coupled with the spinnaker and twin trapeze the Tornado is still the ultimate speed machine.

Over 4,800 Tornados have now been built and with 1,300 Class Association Members the International Tornado Class will be competing at its ninth Olympic Games in China in 2008.

 

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The Class Rules

The Class Rules for the Tornado have allowed changes in construction and running rigging techniques over the past 30 years which has enabled the Tornado to remain at the fore-front of one-design catamaran technology however the profile of the hulls, centreboards, rudders and sail plan still remain unchanged since its inception in the late 1960's.

The Tornado Class Rules have been constantly developed and now ensure strict attention to all details relating to the performance of the boat. Rules are occasionally modified or up-graded to allow the Tornado to advance with modern technology yet the ITA Committee always consider the long term cost effectiveness of the changes.

Class Rules of a "one-manufacturer" class are often primitive or kept simple due to the nature of the competition originally anticipated by the manufacturer. However, as time progresses and classes become larger and more competitive the rules are often not up-dated and often leave open loop-holes never anticipated by the original designer or manufacturer.

When a Class has reached an International level of competition and National Government or Yachting Federation monetary grants become available then competitors start to look for the "edge" in their boats and the first place they go for this is to the Class Rules.

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Changes

In January 1993 the Tornado Class undertook a major development program as part of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta after a request from the IYRU to improve the public and media awareness of the sport of yachting.

 Two weeks of intensive testing and development was carried out involving the three medalists from the Barcelona Olympic Games as well as Tornado designer and 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Reg White, Edward Hyde and Mike Lennon from Hyde Sails UK and the ITA Technical Committee of that period. The Tornado Class Association spent nearly US$22,000 to ensure that the Ballot for both the rig plan, regatta format and course shape selection was infallible and by all means the best for the class.

The testing involved 10 standard (competitive) Tornados, one team with a larger main and jib and two teams with an assortment of larger mains, jibs and spinnakers up to 32sq m. A total of 14 races were contested over the Regatta and the conclusion was reached that on the Olympic Triangle course or the new short windward/leeward course with gates that the boat with the larger main and jib was marginally quicker than the standard boat, with the spinnaker clad boat only beating the standard and big sail boat in 2 out of the 14 races. The ITA then decided to ballot the larger main and jib to the class for the possibility to change and that rules for a one-design spinnaker be established for special long distance and one-off events. An extensive booklet was prepared by the ITA to explain to the sailors the testing procedure and provide an insight into the reasons for the rig selection.

A two-third majority (as required in the ITA Constitution to implement change) was not reached in the ballot and the Tornado Class sail plan remained as is for the next 8 years. The course and race format received greater than the two-third majority and so the short windward/leeward style course with gates was adopted by the Class.

At the time, the Tornado Class felt that the new style of course will have a far greater impact on the media and public awareness than any change in the boat as the course can be adjusted in length (both time and distance) to compensate the wind strength of any particular day or the number of boats competing.

The shorter than conventional windward legs also allows spectators and media to be able to see the majority of the racing without having to move from the designated areas. The fixed start/finish line allows Race Committees to remain on station all day, rather than having to relocate for each start and finish as required in the past. This allows for a quicker "turn-around" time in between the now common multiple races per day format. Since 1993 all World Championships have been contested using this style of Course and Regatta Format and it was well received by Race Committees and Competitors alike.

While the Ballot process was taking place the Class experienced an incredible decline in the number of boats built and attendance at regattas. The ITA would very strongly refuse any major testing and development in the future in order to help the Class keep its stability and constant growth. This is not to say that the ITA is not willing to progress with the times. In fact, the class has recently made legal the use of mylar sails and is still pursuing the possible introduction of the newly developed carbon mast and increased popularity of the one-design spinnaker. However, the method in which the Association is undergoing the testing is on a much lower scale of publicity and will continue up until November 1996 until a new ballot decision is reached.

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Crew Weights

The one-design (as opposed to one-manufacturer) Class Rules have allowed the Tornado Class to ensure close racing from similarity in design yet allowed teams to be competitive regardless of their weight combination or stature. This is available through the ability to alter the depth and draft of the sails without altering the sail profile and therefore the image of the class.

The problems often experienced with a one-manufacturer class is that items such as sails cannot be altered therefore crew weights must be strictly kept to the class minimum to ensure a team's competitiveness. With the ability to alter the sails in the Tornado Class it has meant a Class minimum crew weight is not required and it is often common to see total team weights vary amongst competitors up to 40kgs.

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Materials

Another advantage of 'One-Design' is the freedom to allow competitors to build their own items such as sails, rudders, centreboards and rigging. This ensures increased strength and extended competitive life of components as modern materials become available, which in turn leads to a lower maintenance and replacement cost over a longer period.

An example of this is from a one-manufacturer class an item such as rudders can become a costly replacement if the materials chosen by the manufacturer cannot be upgraded due to its "must be purchased from the manufacturer" rules.

Rigging is another example of high cost replacement. If the manufacturer chooses a lower grade material or part in order to keep the "new purchase price" of the boat down, in the long term it is the competitor who will have to replace that item as it quickly becomes worn-out, breaks down or simply out dated. A fine example of this is with pulley blocks or traveller cars where simple technology leads to a dramatic decrease in replacement cost due to the "one-design" ability to change and up grade such items.

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Life Expectancy

The natural technological progression of materials has allowed the Tornado Class to increase its competitive life dramatically during the past twenty years with the international competitive expectancy of a new Tornado now being approx 10 years.

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In Summary

All of the above as well as a sailor run Class Association without any commercial influence has enabled the Tornado to maintain it's marque as the ultimate speed machine of the water and to this day still remains unchallenged as the fastest one-design boat in the world.

The total weight of the Tornado is around 160 kilograms (similar to the weight of the two people sailing it) and with an upwind sail area of 22 square metres and an additional 25 sqm of spinnaker down wind the Tornado's top speed is in excess of 23 knots.

The Tornado is still by far the fastest and most spectacular Olympic Class and with the new hull-flying technique on the downwind legs coupled with the addition of the spinnaker and twin trapeze the Tornado is still the ultimate speed machine.

Over 4,800 Tornados have now been built and with 1,300 Class Association Members the International Tornado Class will be competing at its 8th Olympic Games in Greece in 2004.

 

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WAITA Historical Perspectives

Beginnings

After winning the IYRU Catamaran  trials in England in 1967  news of the Tornado spread rapidly to the West, probably through Peter Blaxland who competed in the trials on a Cunningham designed Quest B. In 1968 Jim Dachtler returned from Lake Macquarie, where two Tornados were first and second at the B Class World Championships, determined to move out of Mantas into a Tornado. Jim and Peter Fry were the first West Australians to purchase their plans from designer Rodney March. Jim and Peter built separately but consulted regularly to build these first two Tornados. Jim’s Akuna was the first Tornado to sail on the Swan River closely followed by Peter’s Rebel for the 67/68 season. Gwyn Cracknell crewed on Rebel for the 67/ 68/69 season and was completely Tornado hooked.

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In 1970/71 season Jim Dachtler and John Flower founded the Western Australian International Tornado Association drawing up a Constitution and incorporating. John Flower became the first President, Jim Dachtler the first Secretary and John Duncan the first official Tornado measurer. Les Morrissey, John Sumpton, John Flower and Ted Barham built their Tornados using Peter Fry’s builder’s shed using the stitch and glass technique from 3/16th Brunzeel, Gaboon ply. Once the keel was fibre glassed using John Flower’s Plastics Limited cost price fibre glass and epoxy resin the ply was bent (tortured) up to fit in a deck jig with bulkheads and deck following. Masts and beams were originally supplied by IYE (International Yachting Equipment) The sails were originally developed by Reg White. Eight Tornados were built in Peter Fry’s Shed. Fibreglass hulls were introduced by the 73/74 season and while Jim Dachtler and Bill Burbidge favoured Sailcraft of Canada, John Flower saw a business opportunity and secured the Panthercraft agency. These first GRP hulls were so bendy that the bows towed in and ripples would form for’ard of the main beam. Later hulls were stiffened using foam sandwich such as Nomex with  aircraft type bulkheading that we enjoy today. Apparently Rolly Tasker borrowed Peter Fry’s Tornado to sail at the 69 B Class Championship in Darwin which Jim Dachtler won. Brian Lewis took home building to a new level in his garage at his North Beach home using vacuum bagging with glass over ply to produce extremely stiff hulls and underweight!

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONS

From 1970 to1973 Jim Dachtler dominated the Swan River Tornados winning his first Australian Championship in 1972/73, this was the year that the Tornado was accepted as the multihull for the 1976 Olympics. Jim’s first overseas campaigning was at the C.O.R.K    (Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston) He won a heat – 10th and the World Championship at Toronto – 25th. Jim won the 73/74 and 74/75 Australian Championships and with his sights set on Olympic competition sailed in the Honolulu World Championship – 28th and Copenhagen World Championship – 20th. By this time John Flower had tempted Brian Lewis and Warren Rock out of their Manta and into a Tornado, his Panthercraft Pink Marno Too.

Barry Robson of Yvonne fame had also been Tornado tempted and they  both competed at the Copenhagen World  Championship – Brian 24th and Barry 53rd. In the 75/76 season Brian began his incredible run of eight National Champions. That year he and Warren sailed a borrowed Tornado at the C.O.R.K Regatta while Jim Dachtler competed at Kiel Week in Germany.

WORLD and OLYMPIC ASPIRATIONS

At the 76 World Championship in Botany Bay, Sydney Brian and Warren were again Australian Champions to take out second in the World with Jim third. This secured their selection as Olympic representatives wiping out Jim’s seven year’s efforts. Brian and Warren competed at Hyeres in France – 6th after missing a heat due to the late arrival of their Tornado. Their greatest moment had arrived, the Olympic Games, Kingston, Canada to be sailed on Lake Ontario. While leading the fleet during one heat the brand new large bow shackle that holds all the rigging together snapped and down came the whole rig!! Brian and Warren ended up fourth after two firsts and a second but missing out on the podium. The first Olympic gold medal was won by Reg White.

Winning the 76/77 , 77/78 and 78/79 Nationals Brian and Warren pursued their World and Olympic aspirations. The 76/77 Australian Championships saw five WA Tornados competing at Botany Bay: Brian 1st, Tony Moore 4th, Phil Snook 6th, John Flower 10th and Crackles 13th.The World Championship was held at Long Beach, California where Brian and Warren claimed second position in the World. They competed at Seeshaupt in Germany winning the European Championship then onto the World Championship at Weymouth, England to record a third. At the Tallin Pre Olympic Regatta they claimed another second proving that they were up with the best Tornado sailors in the World! Now came the sad break in a wonderful partnership since sailing VJ’s in the 50’s. Brian was convinced he had to campaign as much as possible in the Northern Hemisphere where all the top Tornado sailors competed. Warren was not prepared to give up so much family and business time hence the split. Brian teamed up with Barry Robson and together they were selected to represent Australia at the 1980 Olympics. Due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan the Australia Yachting Federation, under pressure from Prime Monster Malcolm Fraser, boycotted the Olympics. The other sad point is that Brian had beaten all the medallists at the Tallin Olympics.

Before the 80 Olympics Brian and Barry campaigned at Hyeres – 17th and then on to the Worlds for a 10th. In 1981/82/83 Brian teamed up with Phil Snook to win the Australian Championships. However by 1983 Chris Cairns had developed the revolutionary pre-bend rig with its tight diamonds and he and Scott Anderson won the Australian title hosted by Nedlands Yacht Club in Perth. Realizing they had produced a winning rig change and with Barry Cotter’s matched sails to the rig, they proceeded to win the Europeans in Copenhagen with Brian and Phil 6th, then the Worlds at Portsmouth, England, Brian and Phil 10th.

SAIL DEVELOPMENTS

WA Tornado sails followed the fashions of Australian and World Champions: Tasker Sails started off with John Russell giving WA Tornados personalised attention then North through Noel Robbins agency, Radaschaul, Smyth, Cotter, Cairns, Lewis, Zucolli, Ullman, Olympic, Ashby, Soldini, Gran Seigel, Landenburger and now Ullman for one design sails.

Ullman Sails of Italy won the right to supply One Design sails. The Mainsail for the next four years (Olympiad) is known as the PLR4 Cascais World Champion, the Jib TOD 37929 Echavarri- Qindao “Olympic Gold” with improved window visibility (which owed a lot to Mike Fletcher) and the Spinnaker TKOD 37914, again Echavarri – Qindao “Olympic Gold”  with the exit and leech  roach upgraded for a more stable exit and longer life.

TORNADO SPORTS

By the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Mitch Booth had developed his ideas for the Tornado Sports with its asymmetrical spinnaker, flat top main, self tacking jib with two on trapeze. This was closely followed by the Marstrom carbon mast once German voting power had been won.

WAITA’s conversion to spinnaker involved Paul Peterson and Ron Stokes in countless communications with Olympian John Forbes to which John replied in great detail involving close up photographs and detailed measurements. After we had all converted we realised we were well behind the eight ball for spinnaker technique so WAITA organised a training seminar weekend with World Champ Darren Bundock to enable the WA fleet to catch up with tuning and techniques with the new sails. The under the tramp snuffer for the spinnaker was a disaster and once the move was made to incorporating snuffers and poles, launching and retrieval became a dream for for’ard hands.

1968 – WORLD CHAMPIONS: Ian & Bill Tremlett UK.

B – Class: Australian and World Championships: Jim Dachtler 4th and 6th in a Manta.

1969  - WORLD CHAMPIONS: Maurie Davies, Ian Ramsey Australia. Jim Dachtler 2nd.

1970 – WORLD CHAMPIONS: Paul Lindenberg, J. Sammons UK.

1970 – 71 Formation of WAITA – John Flower President; Jim Dachtler Secretary; John Duncan Measurer.

State Champion: Jim Dachtler , Richard Ford. Australian Champion: Maurie Davies, Ian Ramsey  KA – 33 mounted on Ron Esdaile TROPHY for Australian Championships.

Tornados being built in Peter Fry’s shed included Les Morrissey, Ted Barham, John Sumpton, John Flower.

1971 WORLD CHAMPIONS: Ian Fraser, Tim Coventry UK.

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Founding President JOHN FLOWER, daughter Debbie and crew BRUCE  COTTERELL at the launching of a yellow Panthercraft “ Audrey Faye” named after John’s wife.

JOHN FLOWER – FOUNDING and LONG TERM PRESIDENT – The Driving Force of WAITA !!

John was happily sailing his awesome “C” Class Catamaran “Catalester” beating everything on the Swan and at Cockburn. Then Jim Dachtler returned from the B Class Championships in which Tornados were first and second. John quickly saw the potential and joined the queue for Peter Fry’s shed.

His first two Tornados were Pink Marno and Pink Marno Too, the first plywood, stitch and epoxy and the second fibreglass. Always the business man running Plastics Limited, John landed the dealership for Panthercraft of the UK, his first being the canary yellow “Audrey Faye”, named after his wife.

As President, John enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing the Nedlands fleet grow to between 15 and 18 sailing regularly, also the joy of knowing West Australian Tornados were the best in Australia and second in the World, thanks to Brian Lewis and Warren Rock. He ensured every member played some role in maintaining WAITA, if not in an official capacity then in other personal skills eg Phil Snook’s experiments with rudders and battens or Rod Hodgkin’s earth moving skills as well as driving F 100’s with 6 Tornados to eastern states championships. He also encouraged all members to participate in away regattas: Cockburn Sound at Christmas, Geographe Bay for Australia Day Regatta, Cock of the Swan, The Cat Classic, Hector Waller at NYC, Three of a Kind, State and National Titles and, Those who could afford it, World Titles! John and Bruce were always in the shadow of Jim Dachtler and Brian Lewis, with seconds and thirds in State Titles and often in the first 10 in Nationals.

The C Class “Catalester’s” mast, mounted as a flagpole in front of NYC is a lasting memorial to John’s dedication to Tornados and NYC.  JOHN FLOWER – El Presidente – Supremo!

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1971 – 72

State Champion: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook. Australian Champion: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook

Botany Bay, NSW.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Robert Jeessinig, H. Polaschegg. – Austria.

TORNADO accepted for 1976 OLYMPICS !!

1972 - 73

State Champion: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook. Australian Champion: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook

C.O.R.K  Regatta-Canada: Jim Dachtler , Richard Ford -10th – won a heat!

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Bruce Steward, Bruce Harvey UK - Toronto, Canada: Jim Dachtler  25th.

1973 – 74

State Champion: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. Australian Champion: Jim Dachtler, John Prott.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Robert Jessenig, H. Polaschegg (Austria) – Honolulu, USA: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook - 20th.

1974 – 75

State: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. National: Jim Dachtler, Phil Snook, Glenelg, SA.

C.O.R.K – Brian Lewis sailed a borrowed boat, Jim Dachtler competed at KIEL Week, Germany.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Jorg Spengler, Jorg Schmall - Germany – Copenhagen, Denmark: Jim Dachtler 20th, Brian Lewis 24th, Barry Robson 53rd.

1975 – 76

State: Jim Dachtler, Richard Ford. National: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. Botany Bay, NSW.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Reg White, John Osborn UK – Botany Bay, NSW: Brian Lewis 2nd, Jim Dachtler 3rd.

HYERES – France: Brian Lewis 6th – missed first heat, no boat!

OLYMPIC GAMES – MONTREAL – Kingston – Brian and Warren 4th !! after two firsts and a second. Dropped their mast while leading the first heat !!! GOLD to Reg White, John Osborn UK.

FOUNDING FATHER IN WA – JIM DACHTLER:

Jim started sailing catamarans in the early 60’s and graduated from the 16 foot Sheerwater to the 20 foot Manta, winning a number of State Titles in both classes. In 1968 he competed at the Australian Catamaran Week at Wangi, Lake Macquarie,NSW. Here he found he was racing against two Tornados, Reg White from the UK and Dr Peter Blaxland from NSW. The Tornados finished equal first in the World B Class Championship. Jim came 4th in the Nationals and 6th in the Worlds. He returned to Perth determined to form a Tornado Class competition in WA. He immediately enthused Peter Fry (Manta) and John Flower (C Class) that the Tornado was the future of catamaran sailing.

From 1970, as the inaugural Secretary of WAITA, Jim won four State Titles from 1970 to 1973 and then again in 1976. He won the 73/74/75 National Titles but lost to Brian Lewis and Warren Rock in 1976 for Olympic selection. Jim’s International campaigning, aimed at Olympic selection, took him to: Canada for the C.O.R.K Regatta – 10th and Toronto Worlds – 25th; to the Honolulu Worlds – 28th; Kiel, Germany; Copenhagen Worlds – 20th; Botany Bay Worlds – 3rd !! All this with no sponsors, although some Government help came for Honolulu and Copenhagen for transport. Unfortunately, in 1976 Brian Lewis and Warren Rock had won Olympic selection and Jim’s Olympic dreams were over.

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LES MORRISSEY – MISS DEE – THIRD TORNADO ON THE SWAN – KA 48

Les progressed from VJ’s, Skates, 14ft Dinghies to for’ard hand on John Sumpton’s Yvonne. John planned to build a Tornado for the 69/70 season. This led les to Jim Dachtler and Peter Fry’s workshed. Their first attempt to torture the ply into the deck jig ended in disaster with the ply breaking. The core structure was found to be defective and replaced by the supplier. Miss Dee and John Sumpton’s Banshee were launched on the 12th Oct 1969 within an hour of each other. These were followed by John Flower’s Pink Marno and Bob Cotterell’s Checkmate.

Les spent the 69/70 season following Jim Dachtler’s transoms and found Jim’s secretiveness quite frustrating. Apparently Jim would change fittings around so others couldn’t copy his go-fasts. In the 70/71 season Les won the NYC Club Championship but was still second to Jim in the State Titles. The 72/73 Les took Miss Dee to Botany Bay for the nationals and gained a 7th with Bruce Cotterell as for’ard hand. KA 48 was sold to Bob Hay and les completed Miss Dee II in Oct 73 (Rimmer built hulls) in time for the Nationals and a 5th. In the State Titles Les sailed Miss Dee II to second behind Brian lewis with Jim Dachtler third. For the 74/75 season les sailed with John Flower in the Nationals at Glenelg, SA finishing 9thout of 31 and in the States 3rd to Jim and Brian. Les won the Catamaran Cockburn Regatta and set a record time from Rockingham to Fremantle. The 76/77 Olympic Planning Committee regatta saw 4 WA Tornados in the first five with Les and Bob Tailor in 5th.

Les’s memorable occasion was the Hector Waller Memorial Race that started in a drifter and ended in 50 knots. Miss Dee did a complete cartwheel resulting in a split port hull. This is the same storm that sent Crackles Galatea cartwheeling from Como to Pt Walter! After repairs Les finished 3rd in the States behind Brian Lewis and John Flower.

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1976 – 77

State: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. National: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Jorg Spengler, Rolf Dullenkopf - Germany – LOS ANGELES-Long Beach, California: Brian and Warren 2nd.

1977 – 78

WAITA: President – John Flower, Secretary – Warren Rock, Treasurer – Gwyn Cracknell

State: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. National: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. Botany Bay, NSW.

BALTIC REGATTA – TALLIN – ESTONIA – RUSSIA: Brian and Warren 2nd.

EUROPEAN – SEESHAUPT – GERMANY: Brian and Warren 1st!!!

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Victor Potapov, Alexander Zebene - USSR – WEYMOUTH , ENGLAND: Brian and Warren 3rd. Raw sewage in Weymouth, Warren “Don’t drop me in the s..t”

BOTANY BAY Nationals: Tony Moore 4th, Phillip Snook 6th, John Flower 10th, Gwyn Cracknell 13th.

BRIAN LEWIS – WEST AUSTRALIAN TORNADO – TOP GUN

Brian Lewis and Paul Elvstrom – European Champions.

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Junior VJ Champion at 16; Senior VJ Champion at 17; 8 Tornado National Champions.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Junior VJ; Senior VJ; Skate; B Class Manta Catamaran; Tornado – 22 Titles!!

Cock of the Swan – Multihull – Eleven times; WA Yachtsman of the Year Finalist – Four Times; Australian Yachtsman of the Year 1977-78; Second in World Championships three times and WON the European Championship in 1978; OLYMPIC selection in 1976 placed 4th; selected for 1980 Olympics in Tallin, Estonia, USSR but boycotted by the Australian Government. 1984 Olympics Los Angeles – placed second to Chris Cairns but attended as the “tune up partner”.

1978 – 79

State: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. National: Brian Lewis, Warren Rock. Perth, WA.

PERTH Nationals: Tony Moore 4th, Phil Snook 7th, Les Morrissey 11th, John Flower 12th, Gwyn Cracknell 14th, Greg & Ron Hansen 18th, Rod Hodgkin 22nd, David & Anne Scott 25th, Stan Parkinson 32nd.

EUROPEAN – HELSINKI: Brian Lewis 8th.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Reg White, Stephen Olle, UK – KIEL – GERMANY, Brian Lewis 15th.

1979 – 80

State: Brian Lewis, Barry Robson. National: Brian Lewis, Barry Robson. Botany Bay, NSW.

HYERES – FRANCE: Brian Lewis, Barry Robson 17th.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Victor Potapov, Alexander Zebene, USSR - Brian Lewis, Barry Robson 10th.

OLYMPICS: MOSCOW – TALLIN – Boycotted by Malcolm Fraser’s government!!

Brian holds an appropriate “Wake” at his Bicton residence!

1980 – 81

State: Brian Lewis, Barry Robson. National: Brian Lewis, Phil Snook – Cairns, Queensland.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Randy Smyth, Jay Glaser, USA

1981 – 82

State: Brian Lewis, Phil Snook. National: Brian Lewis, Phil Snook – Perth, WA.

WAITA President: John Flower Secretary: Gwyn Cracknell

This Australian Championship attracted 14 WA Tornados: 7th Barry Winterbourn, Ken Best; 11th Barry Robson, David Scott; 13th Basil Winterbourn, Kim Nicholas; 14th John Flower, Bruce Cotterell; 16th Gwyn Cracknell, Warren Rock; 21stPhil & Gaby Lipple; 22nd Rod Hodgkin, John McNamara; 23rd Stan Parkinson, Gary Hartley; 26th W & T Bowman; 28thRon Stokes, M Kusker; 28th Joe Levitt, R Watkins; 31st R Johnson, D Haddow.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Randy Smyth, Jay Glaser, USA

1982 – 83

State: Brian Lewis, Phil Snook. National: Chris Cairns, Scott Anderson – Sorrento, Vic.

EUROPEANS: Chris Cairns, Scott Anderson. – Copenhagen, Denmark.

WORLDS: Chris Cairns, Scott Anderson – Portsmouth, England.

Brian & Phil 6th.

1983 – 84

State: Brian Lewis, Phil Snook. National: Mitch Booth, Julian Melling – Sorrento, Vic.

EUROPEAN: Paul & Trine Elvstrom  (Paul 55)

WORLD – SORRENTO – VICTORIA: 1ST Chris Cairns, Scott Anderson; 5th Brian Lewis, Phil Snook; 39th Rod Hodgkin, John McNamara; 41st Barry Robson, David Scott; 43rd Barry

Winterbourn, Kim Nicholas; 45th Basil Winterbourn, Keith Slater; 60th Phil & Gaby Lipple – Sorrento, Victoria.

OLYMPICS – LOS ANGELES – Won by Rex Sellers from NZ, 2nd Randy Smyth USA, 3rd Chris Cairns, Scott Anderson – The BRONZE MEDAL!! Similar to Brian and Warren, Paul Elvstrom ended up 4th. Brian & Phil attended the LA Games as tune up partner.

1984 – 85

State: Shared between Brian Lewis, Barry Winterbourn and Rod Hodgkin, John McNamara

National: Brian Lewis, Barry Robson – Currumbin, Queensland. 6th Barry Winterbourn, Mark Colecliffe; 7th Rod Hodgkin, John McNamara.

WORLD – TRAVEMUNDE – GERMANY – 1st Bob White (Reg White’s son), Jeremy Newman from UK.

1985 – 86

State: Brian Lewis, Barry Winterbourn. National:  Scott Anderson, Ian Ramsey  – Perth, WA.

WORLD – BERMUDA – 1st Bob White, Jeremy Newman; Brian Lewis ??

1986 – 87

State: Brian Lewis, Barry Winterbourn. National: No Contest.

WORLD – KIEL – GERMANY – Andreas & Roman HAGARA, Austria.

PERSONALITY PROFILE: ALAN GAMBLE  from Kitty Cats purchases Manx from Phil Stewart KA 205. Then Die Hard from John McNamara in preparation for the 92 Worlds at Jervoise Bay with Rod Hodgkin as crew. After the 96 Worlds in Mooloolaba with Hamish Madden he purchased AUS 305 a Marstrom and finally AUS 325 from the UK Olympic team. During these Marstrom years Kim Nicholas has been his devoted and extremely efficient crew. After 25 years sailing Tornados Alan has won two State Championships and three runners up, second in two Nationals 03 and 10, twice winner of the Cock of the Swan, and a winner of NYC’s Hector Waller. His most memorable moment is this attempt at submarining! Dive, Dive, Dive!!

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1987 – 88

State: Gerard Wilson, Steve Maiden. National: Brad Schafferius, Roger Coleman – Adelaide SA.

WORLD: Juri Konovalov, Seigei Kravstov, USSR.

1988 – 89

State: Brian Lewis, Ken Riseham. National: Rod Waterhouse, John Forbes – Wollahra, NSW.

WORLD: Mitch Booth, John Forbes, Australia.

1989 – 90

State: Barry Winterbourn, Gerard Wilson. National: Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Mooloolaba

Brett Burvill borrows KA  230 from David Scott to compete at Mooloolaba with Eddie  Bannerman.

WORLD: C. Clevenot, Maurice Eisenblatter, France.

1990 – 91

State: Brian lewis, Phil Stewart. National: Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Melbourne, Vic.

WORLD: Giorgio Zuccoli, Angelo Clisoni, Italy.

1991 - 92

State: Darren Bundock, Greg Hollier. National: Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Perth, WA.

WORLD: JERVOISE BAY – WA: 1ST Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Mitch and John had perfected the “Wild Thing” which introduced for’ard hands to the “Green Room”. Mitch would be 6th or 7th to the windward mark but by the leeward mark would have blasted through downwind to first by flying a hull consistently downwind.

Brett Burvill built his first Windrush Tornado for the World Title finishing 26th in front of Brian Lewis ??

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BRETT BURVILL & RYAN DUFFIELD -  YWA – SAILORS OF THE YEAR - 2010

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Brett first sailed on a Tornado crewing for Rod Hodgkin at the BUSSELTON AUSTRALIA DAY REGATTA 83/84 season. Well done Rod for sowing the seed! He  borrowed KA – 230 from Dave Scott to sail in the 90 Nationals – Mooloolaba. He then purchased KA 188 ex John Flower and trained with Paul Slaughter in 91 until his first Windrush Tornado KA 290 was launched in preparation for the 92 Worlds at Jervoise Bay. He finished up 26th behind a guy called Darren Bundock and in front of Brian Lewis! A lapse of interest after the Worlds left Brett in Tornado limbo until the new rig appeared. Reappearing in 06/07 Brett came 7th in the Perth Nationals and then built AUS 322 for the Melbourne Nationals – 4th and Takapuna Worlds in NZ – 32nd. Since then he has won 3 straight State and National Titles, a 13th and a 4th in Tornado Worlds in Europe while also campaigning with his Windrush F -18 Edge. 2011 WORLDS – THIRD behind the Greeks and Germans!! Lake Biel, Switzerland.

OLYMPICS: Mitch Booth, John Forbes 3rd BRONZE MEDAL! – BARCELONA, SPAIN.

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RYAN  DUFFIELD (BRETT’S CREW): Already a champion Windrush Super Sloop sailor Ryan joined Brett for the 2007 Nationals in Perth. Crewing for Brett Ryan has 3 State Titles 09/10/11 two National Titles 09/11; World placings 13th Italy 09, 4th Germany 10, 3rd Switzerland 11; 3rd helming in UK Nationals 2010. Tornados Ryan has sailed include AUS 301, AUS 271 (The Big T from Somers), Windrush AUS 322 and Windrush Racing a Marstrom AUS 327 (above) Brett’s acquired from the Netherlands. Ryan is the current Secretary for WAITA and apart from 3rd in the World one of his most memorable occasions Tornado sailing was twin trapezing with kite from a port layline through the finish line through the moorings in Darwin 2009 Nationals to the beach!

1992 -93

State: Brian Lewis, Phil Stewart. National: Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Kurnell, NSW.

WORLD: Oliver & Rene Schwall, Germany.

1993 saw the start of the major development program that was eventually to lead to the TORNADO SPORTS. After IYRU requests, extensive trials took place at Miami, USA with the Olympic medallists and designer Reg White. Spinnaker users only won two out of fourteen races and after a world class ballot the only change was the course use of a leeward gate with a fixed start line, so no changes for the next two Olympics!

1993 -94

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Mitch Booth, John Forbes – Melbourne, Vic.

WORLD: Fernando Leon, Jose Luis Ballester, Spain.

1994 – 95

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Chris Nicholson, Greg Hollier – Adelaide, SA

WORLD: Marco & Walter Pirinoli, Italy.

1995 – 96

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Darren Bundock, John Forbes-Mooloolaba,Q

WORLD: Roland Gaebler, Frank Parlow, Germany.

OLYMPIC: Roland Gaebler  ?? ATLANTA, Georgia, USA.

1996 - 97

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Darren Bundock, John Forbes- NYC, PERTH

5th Brian Lewis, David Spearman; 7th Rod Hodgkin, Barry Robson; 8th Zane Lewis, Mark Wild; 10th Barry & Benson Winterbourn 11th Dick Russell,Justin Bellanger;13th Ron Stokes, Nathan Rock; 14th Gwyn Cracknell, Peter Togno

WORLD: Roland Gaebler, Rene Schwall, Germany.

1997 – 98

WAITA: President – Barry Winterbourn. Secretary – Richard Russell

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Darren Bundock, John Forbes – Redcliff, Q.

WORLD: Darren Bundock, John Forbes, Australia.

1998 – 99

State: Gavin Colby, David Spearman. National: Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher –Sydney, NSW.

WORLD: Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Austria. Sydney, NSW.

1999 saw the development plan revisited with the ISAF organising a Multihull Evaluation Trial in France. Upwind the Tornado dominated, beating all production challengers from Hobie,Nacra, Mystere etc. The spectacular interest of spinnakers and the athleticism of double trapezing enabled the ISAF to decree that the “Tornado with double trapeze and spinnaker” would be instituted for the 2004 Olympics.

1999 – 2000

State: Brian Lewis, David Spearman. National: Mitch Booth, Herbert Dercksen,Sydney,NSW

WORLD: Roland Gaebler, Rene Schwall, Germany.

OLYMPIC: GOLD - Hagara & Steinacher , SILVER - Darren Bundock, John Forbes. Sydney,NSW

PAUL PETERSON: Joined Tornados crewing for Dave Abbott for two seasons then purchased AUS 213 from Gerard Wilson an 81 Lewis built. From 213 Paul moved to AUS 285 and currently owns AUS 305. As a skipper he has a 2nd in States, 5th in Nationals and a 43rd in the Takapuna Worlds as well as winning the Cock of the Swan in 2003. His very memorable nosedive snapped an Ali mast resulting in a “ crumpled mass of wires, sail cloth, battens and Ali tube” on his platform.

2000 – 2001

WAITA: President: Justin Bellanger

State: Barry Winterbourn, Rod Hodgkin. National: Darren Bundock, John Forbes – Melbourne, Vic.

WORLD: 1st Darren Bundock, John Forbes – Richards Bay, SOUTH AFRICA. Gavin Davies, Barry Nothard 19th – Zululand Yacht Club.

2001 saw ITA agreeing to a flat top main with more area, a double trapeze and  a self tacking jib attached to the main beam. Spinnakers quickly evolved from beneath the trampoline socks to launching tubes attached to spinnaker poles.

JARED  EYLES:  Joins Tornados from Nacra 5.8’s when Ron Stokes was looking for a BIG crew. Jared crewed for Ron on Magic Too then owned Bullet AUS 234, Sony Marine AUS 301. While being WAITA Secretary/Treasurer for 2006 – 10 Jared achieved a 3rd in the States as skipper, a 5th in the States and Nationals crewing, a 9th in the Nationals as skipper, a 31st in the Worlds, Lake Garda, Italy and a 4th in the 50 mile race on Lake Garda. His most memorable occasion was lining up for the start of the first race in the 2009 Worlds on picturesque Lake Garda.

2001 – 02

WAITA: President: Justin Bellanger

State: Barry Winterbourn, Rod Hodgkin. National: No Contest

WORLD: Darren Bundock, John Forbes, Australia.

2002 – 03

WAITA: President: Justin Bellanger

State: Alan Gamble, Don Best. National: Barry Winterbourn, Rod Hodgkin-Busselton, WA.

2nd Alan Gamble,Kim Nicholas; 4th Gerard & Ross Wilson;5th. Justin Bellanger; 7th Paul Peterson; 8th.  Ron Stokes, Jared Eyles; 9th Paul Raymond; 11th Gwyn Cracknell, Peter Togno.

WORLDS: Darren Bundock, John Forbes, Australia.

2003 -04

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson

State: Gwyn Cracknell, Rod Hodgkin. National: Greg Wyers, Dave Hart

WORLDS: Santiago Lange, Carlos Espinola, Spain.

OLYMPIC: Roman Hagara ?? Athens, Greece.

2004 – 05

President: Paul Peterson

State: Trevor Milton, Stephen Dobson. National: Robbie Lovig, Glen Douglas

WORLD: Fernando Echavarri, Anton Paz, Spain.

2005 – 06

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson. Secretary/Treasurer: Jared Eyles.

State: David Beeby, Luke Myalls. National: Dave Hart, Cian Longbottom-Darwin, NT. 5th

Paul Peterson; 7th Alan Gamble, Paul Raymond; 8th Ron Stokes, Jared Eyles; 11th Gwyn Cracknell Peter Togno, 15th.  Ben Harvey, Simon Greave - all made the trip to Darwin. Seven Tornados in an open container!

WORLD: Darren Bundock, Glen Ashby, Australia.

2006 – 07

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson; Sec/Treas: Jared Eyles

State: Alan Gamble, Paul Raymond. National: Andrew McPherson, Greg Lynch-Perth,WA

Brett Burvill 7th.

WORLD: Fernando Echavarri, Anton Paz, Spain. – Cascais, Portugal.

GAVIN  DAVIES (CAPTAIN CHAOS)

Gavin is probably the most widely experienced sailor to join WAITA. With a background of being a Maxi skipper in the USA, a charter skipper in the Mediterranean, an instructor of Ocean Sailing and Commodore of the “2nd largest yacht club in the Southern Hemisphere” ?? and after 100,000 sea miles in monos, Gavin discovered CATS!

The owner of   his company put a million bucks  into launching Tornados in South Africa. Hence Gavin received a free, new Tornado! Sailing mainly off Durban he had written off  four Tornados before the  2001 Worlds in South Africa, still managed a couple of State Titles. His last  write off resulted in RSA 36 which has been rebuilt for the 2011/12 season.

After relocating to WA his first big regatta was the SIRS prior to the Beijing Olympics.After a major cartwheel Gavin broke his leg!! His most memorable occasion is also a storm. After dropping the  main before the storm hit they were double trapezing under jib alone and survived. They returned to find broken boats, trailers, caravans littering the landscape.

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2007 – 08

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson; Sec/Treas: Jared Eyles

State: Alan Gamble, Kim Nicholas. National: Darren Bundock, Glen Ashby – Somers, Vic.

Brett Burvill 3rd, Alan Gamble, Paul Peterson, Paul Raymond, Ron Stokes, 29th. Gwyn Cracknell

WORLDS: TAKAPUNA NZ: Darren Bundock, Glen Ashby 1st – Brett Burvill 32nd, Alan Gamble, Paul Peterson, Paul Raymond made the trip to Auckland.

OLYMPIC – BEIJING- QINGDAO: GOLD - Fernando Echavarri, Anton Paz , Spain; SILVER - Darren Bundock, Glen Ashby.

2008 – 09

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson; Sec/Treas: Jared Eyles

State: Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield. National: Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield, Darwin, NT

WORLD: Darren Bundock, Glen Ashby, Australia. Lake GARDA, Italy. Brett & Ryan 13th.

2009 – 10

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson; Sec/Treas: Jared Eyles

State: Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield. National: Brett Burvill, Josh Fugill – Perth, WA.

WORLD: Roland & Nahid Gaebler, Germany – the first Male/Female team to win Worlds.

4th Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield; 20th Paul Raymond, David Beeby. - Travemunde, Germany.

2010 – 11

WAITA: President: Paul Peterson; Secretary: Ryan Duffield

State: Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield. National: Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield – Sorrento, Vic.

2nd Lachlan Gibson, Josh Fugill; 5th Paul Raymond, Billy Leonard; 8th Alan Gamble, Kim Nicholas; 9th Paul Peterson, Tim Lowther; 11th Gavin Davies, Kez Stevens.

WORLD: lake Biel – Switzerland – 1st. Iordanis Paschalidis, Trigonis Konstantinos – Greece: 2nd Roland & Nahid Gaebler – Germany; 3rd Brett Burvill, Ryan Duffield !! on the Podium!

22nd Alan Gamble, Kim

 

Ullman Sails of Italy won the right to supply One Design sails. The Mainsail for the next four years (Olympiad) is known as the PLR4 Cascais World Champion, the Jib TOD 37929 Echavarri- Qindao “Olympic Gold” with improved window visibility (which owed a lot to Mike Fletcher) and the Spinnaker TKOD 37914, again Echavarri – Qindao “Olympic Gold”with the exit and leechroach upgraded for a more stable exit and longer life.

TORNADO SPORTS

By the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Mitch Booth had developed his ideas for the Tornado Sports with its asymmetrical spinnaker, flat top main, self tacking jib with two on trapeze. This was closely followed by the Marstrom carbon mast once German voting power had been won.

WAITA’s conversion to spinnaker involved Paul Peterson and Ron Stokes in countless communications with Olympian John Forbes to which John replied in great detail involving close up photographs and detailed measurements. After we had all converted we realised we were well behind the eight ball for spinnaker technique so WAITA organised a training seminar weekend with World Champ Darren Bundock to enable the WA fleet to catch up with tuning and techniques with the new sails. The under the tramp snuffer for the spinnaker was a disaster and once the move was made to incorporating snuffers and poles, launching and retrieval became a dream for for’ard hands.

1968 – WORLD CHAMPIONS: Ian & Bill Tremlett UK.

B – Class: Australian and World Championships: Jim Dachtler 4thand 6thin a Manta.

1969- WORLD CHAMPIONS: Maurie Davies, Ian Ramsey Australia. Jim Dachtler 2nd.

1970 – WORLD CHAMPIONS: Paul Lindenberg, J. Sammons UK.

1970 – 71 Formation of WAITA – John Flower President; Jim Dachtler Secretary; John Duncan Measurer.

State Champion: Jim Dachtler , Richard Ford. Australian Champion: Maurie Davies, Ian RamseyKA – 33 mounted on Ron Esdaile TROPHY for Australian Championships.

Tornados being built in Peter Fry’s shed included Les Morrissey, Ted Barham, John Sumpton, John Flower.

1971 WORLD CHAMPIONS: Ian Fraser, Tim Coventry UK.