Beneteau First 210 Newsletter
Club / Association: First 210 Club
Issue / Publication Date: Issue #1, February, 1999
Author: Terry F. Ellis
PURPOSE OF THIS LETTER
The purpose of this newsletter is to help owners of the Beneteau
First 21.0, First 21.0 Classic and First 211 Spirit exchange
information about their boats.
WHERE HAS OUR 210 BEEN?
In 1993, the First 21.0 was voted "Boat of the Year" in its class
at "North American Sail Expo". US production of the 210 was
discontinued in 1996. At that time, approximately 120 hulls had
been sold in the US. Approximately 60% were the "First 210" model
with blue hull, swing keel and double rudders. The rest were
white color hull, bulb keel, single rudder "Classic" models. The
blue hull "First 21.0" came with genoa furler, stern pulpit, pop
up hatch, racing hardware, back stay adjuster, lights and stove.
Both models were trailerable with optional mast raising system.
Spinnaker, spinnaker rigging and pole were options as well.
In Europe, this Groupe Finot design was called the First 210
Spirit. W orld wide, as many as 450 First 210s may be under sail
today (see "210 Club" below). In 1998, Beneteau re-introduced the
210 as the "First 211 Spirit". It features the 210 swing keel and
hull, updated with an anchor well, modified cockpit hatches,
plusher cabin and retractable rudders. A "First Club Pack" for
cruising is also offered.
In the U.S., First 210s seem to be "clustered" in the
Northeast (Boston), Mid-Atlantic (Chesapeake and inland lakes),
Mid-West (Great Lakes and Ohio Valley lakes), Southwest (Texas
coast and inland lakes) and Southeast (Florida/Georgia/Carolina
coasts and inland lakes). I do not know the whereabouts of
owners' boats in Europe and elsewhere in the World.
DOES THE BENETEAU 210 CLUB STILL EXIST?
Beneteau's "Spring 95-No. 5" edition of rendez-vous said:
"THE BENETEAU 210 CLUB"
"The idea of forming a club has been germinating for quite some
time amongst First 210 owners. Somewhere to exchange information,
share experiences and a few salty adventures. Now with more than
450 on the water, the principle of the club has become even more
important. 10, 20, 30 boats can get together at various locations
?.. and organise their own regattas, rallies and various
activities ashore and on the water. The statutes of the Beneteau
210 Club are now officially registered and anyone willing to help
define the '95 season's calendar (see the Notebook) is welcome.
For further details contact: President of the Beneteau 210 Club;
Philippe Poirault; 83 rue Saint-Ausone; 16000 ANGOULEME; Tel: 45
91 67 42"
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE INFORMATION?
Beneteau Owners Web Site. 210 owners can find and contribute
information at http://www.beneteau-owners.com. This is a
non-commercial internet site for Beneteau boat owners which
contains information about the First 21.0, 21 Classic and 211
Spirit as well as on other Beneteau models. Articles on rigging
and other topics for any model are also provided at this
Beneteau_List@SailNet.com. You can also share your experience
with Beneteau owners at http://firstname.lastname@example.org; a
mailing list linked to Beneteau USA at
Newsletter For 210/211 Owners. Future newsletters would report
activities like this:
* Tony races his First 210 in Bahrain (Arabian Gulf)! He reports
good results in racer/cruiser handicap fleets with a new set of
* Terry used Polar Charts from Groupe Finot to make his 210 go
faster, winning his club's Fall Championship and taking a 1st and
3rd place at weekend regattas.
* Ron sails his 210 almost every week on a beautiful lake in
Georgia. His wife and guests like the 210's stability, handling
and speed. Ron's new spinnaker takes him along faster than
*Terry cruised the Tennessee River. In 1997, he sailed his 210
Classic some 250 miles from Scottsboro to Decatur, Alabama,
trailing it there and back from his homeport in Atlanta.
* Mike purchased a new First 211 Spirit in the UK. He is lucky.
Word is that production of First 211 Spirits is sold out for
Please write mailto:email@example.com if you would like to
continue this letter. Send articles on racing, cruising,
day-sailing, rigging, maintenance; skipper tips or whatever you
like. If there is sufficient response, I will post subsequent
newsletters here at http://www.beneteau-owners.com.