MAD MAX CRACKS THE BAY TO BAY … again!
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.