Safety first Ellam and Mudie were members of an English small-boat ocean-racing organization called the Junior Offshore Group. The Hobie 33, with her huge sail plan and bulbed keel maintain the general performance advantage over the Olson; however, that does not keep the rivalry from raging, and, even as recently as January,an Olson beat a Hobie in a drag race from Lauderdale to Key West. An approved midget racer must be self-righting if knocked down. Most of the races she lost were won by Trina, a fabulous foot yawl designed by Shaw himself, which appeared the following year. I agreed to compile a list of interested parties and support this website to gauge the interest from the people who own MORC eligible boats. While less brute strength is required to change headsails than on a footer, you have to do it oftener and if there's a breeze you get wetter doing it.
Yet she was so well designed and built that she not only sailed safely through the worst the Atlantic could throw at her but demonstrated that size had little to do with seaworthiness.
In heavy conditions upwind the Olson 30 suffers from the lack of weight to drive the bow and the boat through waves, however downwind in a breeze the Olson 30 surfs and planes readily, and it was for these conditions the boat was ultimately designed. Olson 30 Class symbol. She had won her class by a total of 44 minutes for the two days and had beaten, boat for boat, such able larger craft as Sou'westers, Pilots, a Gulf Stream 30 and an Oxford And once wet it's harder to get dry. These rudders were typically fabricated by Moore. The library at Mystic Seaport was named after him. Midget Ocean Racing Club.