Ponzi class, Antigua

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  1. Tiny Turnip
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  2. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Thanks Adrian !

    Sail-World - April 25 2019 - Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta: Classics with colour - (same article on Antigua Nice)

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    (the top red Ponzi Class boat in the post #1 first picture, P6 = Ponzi 6, I'll guess... )

    ‘‘ Joining the mini Regatta for the first time were the Ponzi Class sailboats Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 17-23 April 2019

    Joining the mini Regatta for the first time were the Ponzi Class sailboats, the brainchild of Robbie Fabre. Rumour has it he built one for a swimming pool then schemed friends to grow the fleet. Six were in attendance, providing a crayon box of color with rig combinations from a designer's wildest dream. Performance wise, the fleet did well despite the need to paddle during tacking and some random sinking manoeuvres. ’’
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Maybe the Ponzi Class is named after Charles Ponzi and means, try to cheat on the class rules . . ?

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    Think he has a tiller extension in his hands there . . :rolleyes:

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    Here the possible naming cause is making cheat on the class rules boat sketches, I believe . . .
     
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    The Name Ponzi does infer that some sort of chicanery is expected and possibly acceptable.

    Does anyone have the dimensions of that boat. Looks to be about 8 feet ...240 cm long. None of the pictures give a clue as to how wide it is or what the sections look like.
     
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    Haha! Thanks Angel! Yes I thought they must be named after Charles Ponzi, and your photos prove it! definitely.
    It seems theres 6 or 7 boats in the class and they've been going since late February. Already got sponsored by a rum company.
     

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    Messabout, I can't find any measurements, apart from worryingly small - the size of a coffin perhaps? They do seem to deploy a safety boat, presumably for carrying the rum, and I suspect they're having a dangerous amount of fun. The Facebook group is public and only goes back to late February. Ponzi Class Racing. There's some constructing pictures if you scroll back. Rectangular cross section perhaps 2 feet wide at most. Also a couple of underwater photos from swimming pool trials. pictures both with centreboards and lee boards.
    I wonder how they'd go up against puddle duck racers?
     
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