Formula 40 Performance Racing Catamarans
ProSail Formula 40 one-design catamarans were hailed as the new wave in sports in 1989. These high-tech carbon fiber 40-foot catamarans attracted some of the nation's top racers to the Salem Prosail Series, a nationwide professional sailboat racing circuit that also featured Hobie 21 catamarans. In their first year of competition, the ProSail 40 regattas were featured in three ESPN sports television programs. Privately owned and operated by Morris International, of Davidson, NC, NASCAR marketing guru, Sid Morris designed ProSail to be the "perfect" sports property. Morris made history in April 1988 by organizing the first professional sailboat race in the United States, where the Hobie Sunglasses Team, skippered by Hobie Alter, Jr.