The design was somewhat radical, with a very low freeboard for her length, although this was an emerging design feature at the time in the One Ton fleet, with the Humphrey's designed Jade being perhaps one of the most extreme examples. While a masthead design was initially chosen for Backlash, this borrowed some fractional attributes, with a mast placed further forward than typical for this rig type, allowing for a larger mainsail and resulting in a high aspect ratio foretriangle. The boat featured a well thought out deck layout, with twin wheels set well forward allowing good visibility for the helmsman, and the navigators hatch was placed aft of this position, and behind the mainsheet traveller.
|Backlash in her original configuration (1985) (photo One Ton Facebook page)|
Backlash heading into Lymington Marina circa 1989 (photo from Shockwave40 blog)
|Backlash's original elliptical keel, which sported an angled cut at the bottom of the leading edge (photo Seahorse)|
|Backlash leaving Lymington Marina, circa 1989 (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
Backlash berthed at the Queen Ann Battery marina at the end of the 1987 Fastnet Race (photo Shockwave40 blog)