The 1st C&C 37R - Fastrack

Boat Design: C&C 37R
Designer: Robert Ball
Builder: C&C International (C&C Yachts) Ltd. (CAN)
Year Built: 1988
Hull Number: 1
Displacement: 14,900 lbs./ 6,758 kgs.
 Beam: 12.58' / 3.83m
 Draft: 8.16' / 2.49m
 Length: 39.50' / 12.04m
Sail Area: 798 sq. ft. / 74.12 m2
 Rig: Masthead Sloop
Home Port: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Sail Number: CAN 54837
HIN: ZCC37002C888
1st Owner: Dave Ball

Fastrack was the subject of Sven Donaldson's review of the new C&C 37R in  Pacific Yachting Magazine in the November 1988 issue.

Yachting August 1988

The first boat produced in the C&C 37/40 series was very successful on the race course right out of the gate. She was a 37R owned by David Ball and Aurora Winter.  Christened "Fastrack", she lived up to her name, doing extremely well in her first season of racing in 1988, starting out on the Atlantic Coast, taking a third in PHRF Class A (out of a 160 boat PHRF fleet) in June 1988's Audi-Yachting Block Island Race Week, then moving to the Pacific Coast and the 1988 Whidbey Island Race Week where a series of three first place finishes had the fleet footed Fastrack capturing 1st in PHRF Division A and earning a second overall out of a 155 boat fleet for the week long regatta:
Kinsey, Steven (September 1988). "WIRW Is A Winner"
Pacific Yachting MagazineNorth Vancouver BC: OP Media Group Ltd.
In its short career, the local 37R, Fast- track, has enjoyed outstanding racing success with major victories at Whidbey Island Race Week, and Maple Bay Regatta.  I joined her crew for a Wednesday night race in what turned out to be light, sloppy conditions and quickly became convinced that the boat was a rocketship. It showed the three largest IOR boats currently racing in English Bay a clean pair of heels. In winning her Division (second overall) at Whidbey Island Race Week she had to best a well-sailed, modern one-tonner being worked up for the September World Cup in San Francisco, so it is safe to say that the C&C 37R has much the same speed potential as a grand prix IOR 40-footer.[.

Yachting  October 1988

 On first release the C&C 37R proved so hard to beat on the race course that orders for the racing model totally overwhelmed the orders for the more subdued cruise-race model. A quote from an early review by Yacht Designer Robert H. Perry:
On the surface a nice, family racer-cruiser that happens to be winning a lot of races all over the country. ... As the weeks go by the reports come in. It's fast. It's very fast.

"Fastrack" competed in the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race (Vic-Maui) in 1998 under the guidance of skipper Greg Roberts, finishing 4th of 5 in Class 2, 13th of 16 boats Overall.  "Fastrack" also completed the Vic-Maui in 2000, finishing 6th of 7 in Class C, 14th of 20 boats competing, and again in 2002 but retired from the 2002 race before finishing.

For the compelling story of Fastrack's Vic-Maui 2000 race see FASTRACK: AN EPIC VOYAGE

Fastrack's present owner is Ron Wood of Huntington Beach, CA:
"We bought the boat in Vancouver in January 2011, sailed it to Bellingham and then had it trucked home here to southern California. It's hull #2 although the broker-who grew up knowing one of the Cs-said it's the first boat so not sure if they didn't use hull #1. It used to be named "Fastrack" but we changed the name to "Holo Nui" ( fast sprinter in Hawaiian ). She now has a bustle on the stern so is 42' 5" LOA."
Fastrack is now based out of Seal Beach Yacht Club on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA

A few photos of Fastrack:

David Ball and Aurora Winter were Fastrack's proud first owners.  Tragically, David died suddenly at the age of 33, leaving Aurora widowed with her four-year-old son, Yale.

The following is an excerpt from her book:

From Heartbreak to Happiness:
An Intimate Diary of Healing
by Aurora Winter

Copyright © 2005 by Lightstream LLC, quoted with permission.

Today, my reluctant teammate and I tidy the house. Yale disappears, and I find him in the living room, staring at Daddy’s picture, his face wet with silent tears.

I wrap him in my arms, and we both look at the picture:
Mommy and Daddy on a sailboat. His father’s face is freckled and ruddy from the sun: he’s grinning broadly and pouring champagne. We’ve just launched our new boat—Fastrack. We admire his “handsome daddy,” and I tell him about that day, tell him about his father winning Whidby Island Race Week, tell him about times we three sailed together on that boat.

Finally, Yale notices that the champagne isn’t going into the glass I hold. Daddy missed. We share a laugh. (Jeff, a good friend with a sense of humor, chose that photo to frame.)

It’s time to get back to work. With a note of urgent desperation, Yale asks if he could please play Nintendo. I agree, and he’s incredibly relieved. He wishes that Daddy was still alive to play ‘Mario’ with him.

Yale escapes to another reality, and so do I. I straighten the photo, flooded with happy memories. I remember the day David asked my permission to buy that boat. I remember saying that boats are a big hole in the water to pour money into, especially race boats, and that we didn’t need to own another boat—we had plenty in inventory—we owned a yacht sales company.

My husband pulled me onto his lap, and agreed with my logic. But he wanted that C&C 37R, nonetheless.

I melted. “If you really, really want it, you can have it.”

His face lit up with a delighted smile. I’m so glad that we bought that boat.


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