Dick Newick's 1980 OSTAR Trimaran Moxie


Moxie - A PERFECT INSTRUMENT!
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TEXT & PHOTO BY PHILIPPE ÉCHELLE
Multihulls World magazine


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Before haulout, the crew (from left to right)
Myles, Aurelia, myself and Craig


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Delivery to the Azores, Nov 2002

On 13 Nov 2002, Christian1470 at aol.com writes to the Multihulls Mail List:

I just got back from a delivery on Newick's Moxie to the Azores (aiming for Spain, but didn't make it that far), we left from Newport...

And on 14 Nov 2002, Christian continues:

In one word, Rough! 12 days to the Azores, 4 lows along the way, one having gusts over 70 kts. Ended up towing a milkcrate on a warp to slow down. Had a bit of structural failure as well. The seam between the underside of the leading edge of the port aka and hull let go, which is why we put in to the Azores. It is suspected that structural changes to the main bulkheads might have something to do with the damage, but then stuffing the boat at 23.9 knots could be a factor as well. We shortened sail after that. We never did really push the boat, but once in a while she'd decide to get on a wave and go on her own. I personally think it was more a wave broadside that did the damage, we were sailing on the beam the night the damage was discovered, and every once in a while one would sneak under the ama and pound the main hull. Either way, the area was reconstructed back to original specs in the Azores, so it shouldn't be a problem. The port side has seen more of it's share of abuse, remember that the previous owner t-boned a boat with the port ama a few years ago as well. That could have set the stage for the current failure. Other than that, she did fine. Myles Manns, one of the crew and a one time employee of W. Greene described her nicely, "She rides like a Cadillac", I agree, even heavy as we were (4 crew and gear). As far as comfort goes, it was a bit cramped (understandably) and wet, (more than our share of rain and spray, not to mention the "head" which leaked pretty bad until we found the sikaflex).

All in all, I pretty much fell in love, and am considering a Val for myself.

Craig, the new owner, plans to keep the boat in Formentera (next to Ibiza) winters and Italy in the summers. There are tenative plans for the 2-star next summer and, hold on to your hats, the OSTAR (or whatever it's called these days) the year after! Whether this actually comes about remains to be seen, but he seems pretty gung-ho. Kind of a cool Idea, a vintage class for ocean racing.

As for Moxie, herself, Craig went through an extensive refit at Newport shipyard, and I was there myself when Walter came down for a visit and proclaimed, "she didn't look this good when we built her".

Moxie has found a good owner in Craig, and even though it's sad to see her go overseas (I'll miss seeing her over in the corner in Sippican Harbor), it's good to know she will be sailed like she should, and kept well.

I plan to visit Walter's operation in Maine when Myles get's back from the second leg. I'm looking forward to it, and will report back on the experience.

-Christian
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On the ways with whaleboats
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Myles and I on one of the more uncomfortable watches

VIDEO taken at sea
A quicktime movie I shot the morning after the 60+ blow. It calmed down to 35-40 and there is a barely discernable rainbow dead astern. We were still running with the milkcrate on a 100 foot bight at that point, everyone was still too tired to pull it back in. Sorry it's not longer, taken with my digital camera and was unsure just how much of the card it would take up. Turns out I could have fit more.


Atlantic storm in Moxie - Lia (Aurelia) Ditton tells the tale

ARRIVÉE TRANSAT video of MOXIE finishing the 1980 OSTAR Trans-Atlantic Race

www.moxie.fr

"This is the only bottle of Moxie in Europe," Weld said, holding it aloft, ignoring the short-skirted girls on the dock passing out samples of Dubonnet Blanc beneath a red-and-white sunshade. "I'd be honored if you'd join me in a glass."

Weld then read aloud from the original label that Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine had affixed to bottles-of Moxie back in 1876: "Contains not a drop of Medicine, Poison, Stimulant or Alcohol...and has proved itself to be the only harmless nerve food known that can recover brain and nervous exhaustion, loss of manhood, imbecility and helplessness."

Further, Weld explained, the soft drink had a nifty theme song and he proceeded to sing in a voice most charitably described as willing:

Just make it Moxie for mine
For the strenuous life it is fine,
It's the drink that they serve which will build up your nerve,
So just make it Moxie for mine
.

from Prime Of The Ancient Mariner, July 07, 1980 Sports Illustrated


Cheers launch video begins with footage aboard Moxie!

Vintage racing trimarans and 1 proa sailing in the South of France; four Newick trimarans including MOXIE, two Kelsall trimarans and Newick proa CHEERS.


Moxie (book, film) by Philip S. Weld
"For this, his third attempt at the OSTAR, Weld had Dick Newick design him the trimaran Moxie. In design, construction and in every piece of equipment Moxie was built to win. Phil Weld knew what it took to race across the Atlantic - the boat and the man were made for each other."
Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race History (Wikipedia)
T H E R A C E, 7 June 1980
Prime Of The Ancient Mariner July 07, 1980 Sports Illustrated Vault
THE TRANSAT - THE ULTIMATE TEST
Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race 1960-2000
That's A Wrap
"When I was 19-years old, the sailor Phil Weld (who won the Transat, formerly called the OSTAR in 1980)
gave a talk at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead and I knew then that I was going to do this race"
- Kip Stone, 2004 Open 50 fleet, 1st place
(first American to score a victory since Phil Weld won the 1980 edition of the race on board his 51ft trimaran 'Moxie')
 
Newick Home Page Speed Record: Sailing Moxie Around the island of Martha's Vineyard Web Site by wingo.com