The 1st C&C 37R - Fastrack
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
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 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:
"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:
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.