11th August 2014

Taeping in Full flight

Dave Andews sent us this great shot of Taeping leading the fleet in the sixty nautical mile two handed race on the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand on the weekend. Taeping was the quickest multi in the New Zealand fleet for three years but in recent times the appearance of the ORMA60 and some lightweight foilers have set her back in the rankings on boat speed. 

Dave reports that fitting the hiking racks gave the boat some extra speed, bumping up their best recorded speed from 27 to 29 knots but in winds of up to 20 knots Taeping is outcalssed by the lightweight foilers.



11th August 2014

Mad Max is leading the Point Score at Airlie Race Week 2014. On day 3 Mad Max is on 5 points after the first three races. Fantasia is in second potition on 6 points and Chillpill third on 8 points. Racing finishes on Friday August 15th.

The first race was sailed in very gusty conditions with bursts of over 30 knots. One monohull rolled over after losing its' keel and three more were dismasted.

You can see the full results here http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2014/abrw/multi_rac1/SGrp10.htm

The photo is of Bare Essentials competing in Airlie Race Week 2013



Barefoot 45 Equinox was launched recently in Thailand and will undergo sea trials in the coming weeks.



Mad Max int he Bay to Bay Race


PBH, CBH, OMR and first across the line. Tony Considine's Mad Max cleaned up the trophies in the 34th Annual Bay to Bay Race sponsored by the Hervey Bay Sailing Club.

I asked Tony how many times he had won the race in Mad Max. He wasn't sure but he thought "about 6 wins in Mad Max for both races and 3 in Max at Marly Point". 

It's tough when you have to try to keep track of so many races. Tony's first win at both venues, Marlay and Bay to Bay, was in Born to Run in 1986. At some stage he became convinced that cats would be quicker than trimarans and dropped a hull when he built the original Max (now Indian Chief).

It would be nice to see some more high performance trimarans getting amongst the action in some of these races. Check out the latest design work on the Rocket Factory web site rocketfactorytrimarans.com if you're looking for some new equipment.

Mad Max's elapsed time was 3h. 42mins, fully one hour and twenty three minutes ahead of the second boat over the line.

Darren Drew's 30' Indian Chief has an impressive racing history including winner of the 2012 Australian Multihull National Championships. Indian Chief has been getting some feisty competition recently from Chris Williams' Seacart 30 Morticia, who beat Indian Chief to take out the National Championships in Port Lincoln this year (2014). Morticia also beat Indian Chief in the recent Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race after overtaking the Chief near the half way mark.

It's an interesting dynamic with Indian Chief often showing superior boat speed whenever she's able to fly the windward hull. Both boats are based on Pittwater north of Sydney. The cat versus trimaran debate is alive and well and no doubt we going to see more lively competition.