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The Upside Down Trophy

Surfing the net I found this little story on the website of the Riverton Yacht Club. Check it out...

The Upside Down Trophy a.k.a. The Horizontal Trophy
The "Famed" Upside Down Trophy is awarded by Riverton Yacht Club annually to the member who performed the most spectacular dumb stunt or the most dumb stunts during the year. They  have records going back to 1937 of the "winners" on their website on 

In 1995 Steve Mitteldorf won the Trophy - After crossing the finish line in a Sunday race Steve passed in front of the club and mooned the race committee (Dave Oldham) for not signaling their finish. An unintended Jibe swept Steve from the deck of his Aphrodite 101 and launched him into the river far from the boat. The alert crew continued on leaving Steve for the race committee to retrieve from the river. The race committee sent a crash boat out to retrieve Steve and after determining that only his ego was crushed they notified him that he had sailed E - C when the proper course was E - A - C and had not completed the race. The ironic part of the story is that only one week before while Dave Oldham was crewing for Steve on the Aphrodite 101 the entire crew kidded Dave for his time proven method of sailing the proper coarse. Dave religiously writes down the coarse on the bulkhead at the start of each race.

Posted august 2002.


An Aphrodite 101 in the UK.

Hi 101 folks 
I owned a 101 from 1981 - 1990 in the UK. 
She was built on the Isle Of Wright under licence by John Macintosh company in 1978 and sold to Ian Scott -Watson in Scotland. I bought her from Ian to do The Three Peaks Yacht Race(Barmouth-Caernarvon-Fort William)I did most of the years between 81 and 90. We also did several years of the Scots Island Race(similar mountain running and sailing off the west coast)
In addition we did several years RORC races including two Fasnet Races when I kept the boat in Poole Harbour, moored off Brownsea Is. When we moved north I took her up to the Menai Straits where we were the infamous for round Anglesey race and Menai Week where she won the overall cup
She was called from new ' Papageno' (Ian was a musician fond of Mozart) sail no K9303
I sold her to R G Hopkins who took her to the east coast on the river Orwell. He renamed her Astrid.He kindly invited me to sail to Holland to a race week in 1991- great week thanks Richard
I did about 15,000 miles offshore in her. A wonderful vessel thanks to those two Danish lads and the builders
Great website - I shall dig some pics out for you
good sailing
John Flack UK

Posted august 2002.


The 84 is no more.

Dear Morten
Sorry to report some very sad news. Aphrodite 101 Hull #84 is no more.She was lifterd off her jackstands last winter by cruel Midwestern US windstorm and thrown to the ground. Sigh.
The story was related to my friend Ken Colbert, one of the previous owners when she was Avalanche at the Strictly Sail boat show at Chicago this year. Even though I never sailed her, I enjoy hearing all his fond stories of her. (He also has a few pictures) 
Avalanche was previously named Shiftless and was owned by Dr. Robert Olins in Chicago and had won her section in the venerable Chicago to Macinack race (known as the longest freshwater race)! 
She is immortalized by her trophy photo proudly hung in the bar at the Chicago Yacht Club.
I've enjoyed learning more about these really great boats, and wish there was a fleet of them in the Great Lakes. I am an active sailor/racer (and web-browser) living in Chicago, but would love to see these boats on the line in Denmark..(or where-ever).
While visiting California this winter, I saw one for sale in Long Beach..when my friends went back a couple months later, she was sold. I do not know the numbber on the boat, but she was at the Southern California Marine Institute, being sold as a "charity" to the organization.
One of our big fleets here is the Tartan-10's, similar but not as classy as the Aphrodites. We race here from May to September, and cruise as long into the season as we can..usually end of October, early November.
Hope you dont find this message too tedious..and keep up the good work on the website..and the sailing!

Tracy Hixon

Posted may 2002.


Reportage från Radön Open 2001
Aphrodite 101 SWE 169

"2:a i klassen i årets Radön Open..."
Vasilij Gunnermark

Den 15 september 2001 var förutspådd att vara en regnig och mycket blåsig dag. I själva verket böjd dagen i alla fall till en början på helt motsatta förhållanden. Redan tidigt på morgonen slutade det regna och började klarna upp bland molnen . Med vind allt ifrån 0-3 m/s la SWE 169 loss. Eftersom det var relativt lite vind för att segla, hjälpte vi Rolf Erixon att dra hans My ut till Radön där vi skulle tävla. Resan som tog cirka 2 timmar var helt bekymmerfri. När vi så småningom kom fram, visade det sig vara så mycket som 30 tal båtar anmälda. En imponerande siffra med tanke på det förutspådda väderprognosen för dagen. Efter att ha varit på skepparmötet, gick alla tillbaka till sina båtar igen. Vid båtarna hade det börjat blåsa. Vinden som var 0-3 m/s ökande till 5-8 m/s. Det innebar att seglingen genomfördes ganska snabbt. SWE 169 startade i den första starten och kom iväg klockrent. Det gjorde att vi hela tiden kunde kryssa i fri vind utan att bli störda av andra båtar. Vid första märket rundade vi som trea då vi hade en Sirena 38 och en X 79 framför oss. Under länsen lyckades vi segla förbi X79:an och vid kryssmärket rundade vi som tvåa. Efter en mycket bra genomförd kryss, rundade vi som trea vid länsmärket. Båten som hade seglat förbi oss var en Wasa 38, en båt som egentligen skulle vara långt framför oss. Då spinackern fylldes med vind, började vi sakta men säker ta in avståndet mellan oss och Wasa 38:an. Då vi tog ner spinackern låg vi bara några meter ifrån den. Nu återstod det bara en kort halvvindssegling och kryss i mål. Det gällde nu för oss att bara bevaka våran placering till dom andra båtarna. Det lyckades vi med helt perfekt och kom därför tvåa i våran klass efter X 79:an som vann. Sammanfattningsvis kan man säga att tävlingen genomfördes under helt korrekta och rättvisa förutsättningar. Det var verkligen superroligt att segla denna dag och att den bästa båten för dagen vann. Ett stort GRATTIS till Calle Nyström på X 79 :an. /Vasilij Gunnermark SWE 169 
2:a i klassen och 3:a totalt i ArköRunt 2001...
Posted Sep-2001


By Don McCrea
I have been racing my Aphrodite 101, Stormrider (hull No. 89) in the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay ever since I purchased the boat (used in 1990). With her small self tending jib and all lines led aft to the cockpit she seems to handle singlehanded sailing very well. Now if I could just get the nut behind the tiller to sail her better, we could have a winning combination.

Some of our most memorable races include the 1996 Three Bridge Fiasco (The three marks of the course are close to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge. You can go around the three marks in either direction and in any order. It is quite a "Crap Shoot" as to which way to go and quite a "Fiasco")
At the beginning of the race it was blowing moderately (about 10 from the Southwest) and we were in about the middle of the fleet. About halfway through the race, a front came through with heavy rain and 45 to 50 knot winds. We were on a run at the time and I was concerned about such winds and had my Spinnaker down; but other boats around me were laid out flat with their spinnakers pinning them down with their spreader tips in the water. One J-105 let their spinnaker halyard go in this situation and the sail went overboard and after 15 minutes of unsuccessfully trying to recover it, they just cut it loose and sailed away. My Aphrodite handled the dead downwind sailing just fine and when we rounded the mar k and started beating, the boat really handled beautifully and fast. With the traveler all the way down (I have a full cockpit width Harken traveler), all sheets in really tight, and the mast bent with the permanent backstay, the boat really went to windw ard well. After a couple of tacks to get around the last mark (still beating to windward) we finished one of the first of the fleet and we beat the next boat in our division by 17 minutes. Great fun in a great boat!!

Another interesting race, although not as successful, involved the 1997 Farallones Race (26 miles out into the Ocean to the Southeast Farallon Island and 26 miles back). There was a 5 knot Northeast wind and a huge (10 foot) swell from the North (from a leftover storm in the Northwest. With the swell and all the rolling the boats were doing, very few put up spinnakers. There was too much danger of wrapping the spinnaker around the headstay since it was difficult to keep any sails full. In the swells, my main would swing in and then bang back out again putting a strain on all the fittings. Maybe I should have rigged a preventer from the end of the boom to the bow cleat, but I didn't. In one of these swings, the horizontal pin in the gooseneck flew out and landed on the deck allowing the boom to drop and scaring me half to death!! The cotter pin holding the pin in had apparently corroded enough to allow the pin to come completely out. Anyhow, I got the pin back in and tied with a sail tie and continued in the race. However, the separation apparently allowed the boom vang control line to snap so in addition to the boom swinging in and out in the swells, it was also rising up at the end of each swing. I was concerned about the sail hitting against the spreader and doing some real damage to the rig, so I dropped out of the race and sailed back in.

In 1995 I cruised the boat up to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Just east of SF Bay) singlehanded. It is about 60 miles up to where I like to go and 60 miles back. The sail up the ri ver is downwind and if the trip is timed just right, the flood tide current can be carried all the way up - so the sail up isn't too bad. After several days of fooling around, reading, swimming, etc. it was time to come back. By this time, the normally robust summer westerly was really blowing and the radio was reporting 30 on the nose all the way back. I put my small racing jib on and double reefed the main. The way the currents are timed, the ebb tide current can't be carried on the way back downriver , so it was a 60 mile trip upwind fighting the current about half the time. Great fun!! It took about 12 hours to sail back and I'll tell you, no other sail boat, either under sail or power passed us. I find my boat handles just fine in these strong conditions.

On the other hand, in the 1997 "Corinthian Yacht Club In-The-Bay" race it was blowing about 35 from the west and I would have expected to do well in this race. However, there was quite a bit of close reaching in this race and even with the traveler all the way out, the luff of the main spills the wind O. K. but the leach area still is full and the stern of the boat tends to round up and the rudder needs a lot of action, thus slowing the boat. I probably should have reefed the boat early in th e race and maybe we would have done better. Right at the end of the race, when the wind went light close to shore by the Corinthian Yacht Club, I was able to pass a competitor who rates the same as the Aphrodite. He had reefed earlier and didn't shake it out in time. I sailed around him right at the finish. GREAT!!


Posted jul-1999


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