Tassie Too

Tassie Too
Name: Tassie Too
Boat Owner: Fott
Designer: Batt and Blore
Builder: Lucas & Gronfors
Description:

Tassie Too was launched from the Battery Point slips on 26 November 1927 having been built by Charlie Lucas and Chips Gronfors. The vessel was commissioned by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) and paid for by subscription to allow a second Tasmanian boat to compete for the hotly contested Forster Cup. “Tassie Two” was designed by Skipper Batt, with assistance from Alfred Blore and John Tarleton. All three had collaborated on the first TASSIE and again combined to draw the plans needed to construct the hull of Tassie Two to Skipper Batt’s lines lifted from his model. The first “Tassie ” was built on a shoestring budget, and rushed together for the 1925 Forster Cup series, which it won convincingly. It then repeated the wins in 1926 and 1927. This encouraged the Tasmanians to build a second boat, but in more organised circumstances. The RYCT raised the funds by subscription and Tassie Two was launched in November 1927. It was made ready for the Sydney series, held in early 1928, which it won, skippered by Harry Batt. The original Tassie finished second at the event.
Tassie Two is planked in Huon Pine on hardwood frames as specified in the class rules, and features a pivoting centreboard – a detail introduced to the class by the Tasmanians. The centreboard was also designed to flex when sailing upwind. The thought was that this would create more lift and improve the yacht’s windward abilities. The round-bilge hull shape was designed to be at its best in heavy conditions, but it performed well in all conditions. It was considered an extreme design by other sailors in the class. Tassie Too was skippered by Harry Batt again in 1929 and 1930, N. Winzenberg in 1930 and 1931, Skipper Batt in 1934, 1935 and 1936, Harry Batt in 1937, Skipper Batt in 1938, A. K. Ward in 1939, Neall Batt in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950, Ediss Boyes in 1951 and Neall Batt in 1952. It won the Forster Cup in 1928, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1952; a statistic unmatched by any other vessel. The original Tassie won the event in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1929. A third boat, Tassie III, was built by Charlie Lucas at Battery Point in 1929, based on a model by Skipper Batt with plans drawn by P. C. Douglas, but it only triumphed over Tassie Two at the Forster Cup on two occasions (in 1931 and 1938). Plans were made for a Tassie IV, a half model at the RYCT shows the hull shape, but the vessel was never built.
“Tassie Two” was also very successful with seven wins in the Albert Gold Cup race, an event that preceded the Forster Cup series on the calendar. Six of these wins were in succession from 1947 to 1952.

LOD feet: 25
Hull Timber: Huon Pine
Type of Boat: Restricted 21
State: Tasmania
Built: 1927
Location: PW1
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