(International West Coast Megabyte Fleet)
American West Coast
Launch Date: September 20, 2002
Fleet Captain: Phil Lockwood (email)
US Eastern Fleet
North American Northeast
Launch Date: July 1, 2003
Home YC: Manchester YC, Manchester, MA
Fleet Captain: Schuyler Glidden (978-922-4299 /
Northern California Fleet
September 13, 2006
Home YC: Folsom YC, Folsom, CA
Fleet Captain: Dean Eppley (email)
John Rouse, our 2007 Megabyte Midwinter Champion
Feb. 17-18, 2007, Palm Beach Sailing Club, FL
New Discussion Forum:
In reaction to the unfortunate spam on our
previous discussion page, we installed a new discussion forum. We hope
you'll once again be able to chat spam-free!
The final draft of the proposed
Megabyte Class rules (click
here) are now on the site and
they embody all the proposals that have been received and deemed to have
merit. Comment is invited on the chat page for the next seven weeks,
after which we will send an email ballot to be returned by August 1st.
There is reference in Rule 8 (j), to a safety boarding line. Details of
this may be reached from the link below in the News Item, a Safe Idea.
A Safe Idea:
Some may have seen the discussion on the
chat page about a possible solution to the problem of righting the boat
when cold and tired. A prototype solution has been produced and photos
of the system can now be seen - click
here for PDF file.
Priscilla and I finished the rigging and have had several fine weather
sailing days. We had a sailing party with my friend Roger Robichaud (who
is a sailing instructor in Maryland). Roger took his fiancÚ sailing on
the Megabyte and got hit with gusty winds from 2 different directions
concurrently, capsized, and his fiancÚ had to swim (with life preserver)
all the way back. Everybody is fine and very happy with the Megabyte. I
have had some wild sailing trips and so far have not capsized. The
bailors work perfectly.
I am writing to express my appreciation for your (my) fine sailing boat
and your excellent and personalized service in assisting us in rigging
this boat. We are delighted.
Best wishes to you and yours, thanks again,
John W Davis, June 2004
of the Year
teamed up with Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. to mastermind the Mega Byte
- undoubtedly the best new performance one-design dinghy for 2000.
Their goal was to create a boat that could be sailed with two crew or raced
before Farr Yacht Design Ltd. established its presence as one of
the preeminent designers of offshore racing yachts, Bruce Farr
and partner Russ Bowler had already established themselves as
world class dinghy designers and helmsmen.
while a dinghy design by the Farr office might be a surprise to some, it
was not to Ian Bruce, himself an international calibre dinghy
sailor and one of the owners of Performance Sailcraft*,
who just happened to be looking for a new boat for his company.
Byte Boats Inc., the name was changed to Performance Sailcraft 2000 Inc.
to reflect the Company's position as one of North American leading
builders of high performance dinghies.