“Project Cheers” by Tom Follett, Dick Newick, and Jim Morris was recently (finally!) republished by Port Townsend Watercraft! Cheers, the first modern proa, was designed and built specifically for the 1968 Observer Solo Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and finished third overall, beating out several larger and significantly more expensive rivals.
I finished reading the book within 24 hours of getting it, and I have to say it’s not only a great read, but it’s full of really useful information and experiences about Cheers and sailing in a proa in general. I’d recommend the book to anyone who’s interested in proas!
We’ve got some good news: we’re relaunching the forum! As many of you have probably noticed, the Proaforum has sort of fallen asleep over the last few months, which I think is down to a couple of a reasons. We’ve done several things to make the experience better, and to provide new opportunities for creating and sharing content, to make things exciting again! Stay tuned!
- Added a blog to the front page of the website, we will post annoucements, user-submitted articles, news and other cool stuff here — stay tuned for this one!
- Restructured the categories in the forum to help make the discussion more concise and structured and to make it easier to find what you are looking for
- Modified the appearance of the forum, to give it a lighter and more pleasant look
- Removed the “Proa Sailor” ranking as we felt it created unnecessary divisions in the community
Sven and I hope you enjoy the updated site, and we really hope to bring you a lot of exciting stuff over the next few months! If you have ideas, feedback, or if you have an article you’d like to submit for the blog, feel free to discuss them on the discussion topic here or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org