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America, US 8954
Last update: 2024
1980 Plan Peterson, Serendipity 43 flush decked built by New Orleans Marine

1980 Big Boat Series, SF bay: ?e/15 Div 5, Richard MANN

1981 Transpac, elapsed time 12d06h41': 12e/15 IOR C, Richard MANN
September, Big Boat Series, San Francisco: 17-13-17-19-18 = 18e/19 Division KK

???? New owner, and renamed
Corsair, US 8954

2007 Long Beach Race Week: 2 - 4 - 2 = ?e/??, Craig BROWN
From Nov/Dec 2007 Squeegee
, newsletter for the Sausalito Yacht Club "EXHUMING A DINOSAUR, By Past Commodore Craig Brown, We recently exhumed Corsair, my 1980 Serendipity 43, yet again, for a quick run at Long Beach Race Week, and did well. Race 1 was a 19 mile trek in 8 to 12 knots of breeze, and after 3 hours of racing, Corsair lost 1st place by 28/100ths of a second, corrected. Second day was more of the same and Corsair was a close 4th place, but tied for 1st in the series with a Santa Cruz 50. The fi nal day was another 17 mile jaunt and Corsair placed 2nd again, tied for 1st place. Pendragon, a highly modifi ed Davidson 44 lengthened to 48 feet, waited around at the finish, and cheered our UCLA Bruin Crew for a job well done. Corsair lost the tie-breaker to X-Rated, an X - 38 that had beaten them by .28 seconds in race one. Not bad for a novice crew, old boat, old sails, and
an even older Senior Member of SYC.

2024 January, For Sale 1980 Custom Serendipity 43 R/C Sloop, $29,500, St. Petersburg, FL, Price Reduced $8,000.00 AGAIN; Well Below Fair Market Value!  Seller wants Corsair Sold Now!!!  In response to many prospective Buyers who have been impressed with this vessel, but not willing to live with the geographical compromises required to sail a Deep Draft sailboat, the Seller has reduced the price to $29,500.00, equal to the approximate $8,000.00 amount he has received estimates to modify the keel by cutting it down to achieve a Draft Under 6 feet and having a lead bulb fabricated and professionally attached near the bottom of the keel and faired by a competent local St. Pete Shipyard. This would make this 43 Serendipity Sloop, a very competitive Club Racer in and around Tampa Bay and anywhere that draft is limited, and make Corsair more practical for Florida, Bahama and Caribbean Cruising.  Corsair is an excellent example of a 43 Serendipity Sloop 1980, designed by Doug Peterson and built in California. She was designed as an offshore Bluewater Racer/Cruiser and this Grand Prix flush-deck deep-draft model proved to be very competitive for the Admiral's Cup, SORC, TransPac, and Big Boat Series in her day, but remains very competitive today in most regional and club regattas. Corsair spent most of her life cruising and racing in and around San Francisco, and sailed to St. Petersburg in 2014 where she awaits her next owner. Sail Inventory totals 14 Sails  and includes a full set of competitive racing sails as well as delivery/cruising sails, as well as a conventional aluminum spinnaker pole and a Forespar Carbon Fiber pole for racing. Repowered in 1999 with a Nanni/Mercedes 40hp Diesel engine with only 600 hours, a 105 Amp Alternator, and a 2021 folding Martec Prop, she has plenty of power when needed. The tapered triple spreader mast & boom are Awlgripped to match the hull and all SS Rod Rigging has has been constantly inspected and upgraded as necessary including the Navtec Hydraulic back-stay system. The Flush-Deck, "T"-shaped split cockpit layout is all business with deck hardware positioned for infinite tweaks when every second per mile makes a difference. For Cruising, all lines led aft to the cockpit make short-handed sailing a breeze, too. Please note that some of  the interior photos depict the interior in near "Racing-Mode," and do not show the full set of Seven (7) nice clean and like-new high-quality fabric berth and settee cushions that have been stored in a clean and dry storage facility. In addition to the V-Berth Cushions (shown empty), there are two 7' Settee Berths and 2 Pilot Berths, in the Salon, and Aft is a Single Settee Berth and a Double Berth to Port. The functional Galley has all you need to prepare meals for your crew, and the Head with electric toilet, vanity, sink, and large separate shower stall are generous size and very functional for cruising. Electronics include two 2018 B&G Displays in the cockpit and the Owner was in the process of selecting additional new electronics when his plans suddenly changed and this yacht is priced so the new owner can buy and install his/her favorite brand and models to complete the electronics suite instead. Corsair was last hauled out, running gear inspected, and anti-fouling paint renewed in December 2022.