Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Boating Latest Super Gnat is super

Sloop owns three major titles in less than a year
By Bill Center
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 7, 2004

If Cliff Thompson wanted to restrict his sailing to the coastal waters between Marina del Rey and San Diego, there would have been no reason to trade in his Schock 35 sloop Super Gnat.

After all, that Super Gnat earned the coveted Boat of the Year honors at San Diego Yacht Club last year for sweeping nearly all the events in the local Performance Handicap Racing Fleet season.

"But I wanted to do more distance racing," Thompson said yesterday. "And to do that, I needed to jump up to a bigger boat."

Last June, Thompson christened his third boat to carry the distinctive Super Gnat logo – a Beneteau 40.7.

And the Super Gnat operation, which

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