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Australian Multihull Championships day 2 - Survival sailing

by Ian Grant on 20 Sep 2011
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Corsair Seawind Australian Multihull Championship, hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for Multihull Yacht Club Queensland, is being held from 19 to 23 September 2011.

A typical strong summer sea breeze gusting to 26 knots turned the Championship into a test of survival sailing on a corrugated Moreton Bay today.

Today’s blustery breeze was in complete contrast to the opening race where the fleet of 25 crews representing multihull racing clubs from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland struggled to register a competitive boat speed in a 4 knot ‘drifter’.

There was a degree of risk when the heavy wind specialists pressed a claim to improve their championship prospects which produced an exciting line honours struggle between the George Owen helmed Victorian entry APC Mad Max and the impressively fast Malice skippered by Mal Richardson from Port Douglas.

Both crews were evenly matched with only 14 seconds favouring Malice at the end of an exciting race over a tactically demanding 10 n/ml windward leeward course.

Unfortunately the moment of celebration for the Malice crew was turned into a rescue mission when the power sailing catamaran was dramatically flipped into a spectacular capsize during a heavy gust in early stages of race three.

Thankfully apart from finishing up to their neck in rough seas the Malice crew were uninjured while the failure to finish ended their championship aspirations.

Predicably the speed sailing APC Mad Max retained a stranglehold on the first to finish trophy when her crew showing a respect for the ‘brute breeze’ secured a 7 minute 19 second line honours win over Trilogy (Keith Glover) while the Julian Griffiths skippered Hot Vindaloo claimed third another 2 minutes 51 seconds astern.

However Trilogy remained as the star performer winning both of today’s energy absorbing windward leeward races by convincing margins to retain a perfect 1-1-1 scorecard in the Division 1 class while sole female skipper Linda Renouf skippered Dash to a consistent score of 3-1-2 to lead the Division 2 series.

Local Moreton Bay skipper Phil Day has continued to dominate the Division 3 class championship steering Rhythmic to another two impressive wins today.

Rhythmic a noted strong wind performer revelled in the fresh sea breeze winning race two over the Victorian skipper George Bulka’s Skedaddle by a little over 10 minutes followed by a similar result in race Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron website
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