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International Tempest Association


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[International Tempest Association flag] image by Ivan Sache, 26 March 2020

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The Tempest is a one-design two-person high performance keelboat with a trapeze.
Designed over 40 years ago, this design represents well the genius of its architect, Ian Proctor. In the words of many in the forefront of small boat design and construction, it is the fastest one-design keelboat in the world. To this day, the Tempest leaves every current “sport” boat in its wake, its origin at that time was without a doubt, revolutionary.
The Tempest was chosen as an International Class after the prototype had performed at a series of selection trials in Holland in 1965. It completely dominated the racing and was the overwhelming first choice. As a class it grew sufficiently to take its place in the 1972 Olympic Games at Kiel, where twenty one nations were represented.

It is totally one design - licensed builders construct the boats from a master set of molds under the supervision of ISAF. It is not a dinghy with a keel stuck on, a criticism often leveled at it, but a boat, as is evidenced by the new Mark Two, in the mainstream of design aimed at producing lighter, faster and more responsive craft.
US Tempest Class Association

The International Tempest Association (ITA) groups the national associations from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA.
Ivan Sache, 26 March 2020


The flag of the International Tempest Association is white with the association's logo.

Ivan Sache, 26 March 2020