The design first came to prominence in the 1984 SORC, when Dazzler finished third in Class E and third overall, while a fractional-rigged version Alethea finished fourth in class and fifth overall (Alethea and Dazzler were both built by Tillotson and Pearson in a bare nine weeks). The masthead design carried a bit more ballast than the fractional variation, while Alethea carried a larger headsail and smaller mainsail than other fractionally rigged boats of the size.
|Smiles in the marina, displaying some IOR optimised bow-down trim (photo Histoiredeshalfs)|
|The crew coax Smiles along upwind in moderate breeze during the 1985 SORC (photo Histoiredeshalfs)|
|Smiles in two-sail power reaching conditions during the 1985 SORC|
|Smiles powers along downwind with spinnaker and blooper set (photo Histoiredeshalfs)|
|Smiles (above and below) sails upwind during the 1985 SORC|