There's a pattern developing in the results at Airlie Beach

 Ullman Sails has taken its third straight win in the Airlie Beach Race Week series by separating herself by over 11 minutes on elapsed time and over 6 minutes on corrected time from second placed Morticia. 

Looks like a bit of a pattern developing here.

Mortica is a Lombard designed Seacart 30 now modified with C foils and T foils on the rudders.



Ullman Sails extends her lead at Airlie on day 2

It's a second day of top placings for Ullman Sails at Airlie with an elapsed time win of nearly sixteen minutes over Mortica in Race two and a first place on handicap with a margin of nearly six minutes once again over Morticia. 

 

This boat has an impressive record of race wins here and in other events over the years. There are two things worth noting here. One is that the hull shapes allow the boat to be trimmed correctly for these conditions (and that's why I'm aways banging on about trimaran float shapes). The other is that these guys clearly know how to trim the boat to get the most out of it.

The photo is from the ABRW Facebook page



Ullman Sails off to a good start at Airlie Beach Race Week 2018

Ullman Sails is off to a good start at Airlie Beach Race Week, taking a comfortable win over Morticia 2nd and MCJAK 3rd. Ullmans margin over Morticia was 8mins 30 seconds on corrected time under OMR and 15 minutes on elapsed time.

The photo is from last year's series which Ullman Sails won.

See the full results here:

www.topyacht.net.au/…/2…/abrw/multi_race/01RGrp21.htm



Fresh thinking and innovation coming to the Rocket Factory

In a world where technology and innovation are changing our lives almost on a daily basis, you could fairly argue that the trailerable trimaran design has seen very little evolution since the introduction of the F27

 

What's holding this development back?

What are the design features that need to be looked at to reinvigorate this genre of sailing yachts?

 

 

We've been taking a look at the currrent state of folding trimaran design from a range of perspectives including performance, accommodation, structure, style, and ease of contruction which of course affects the price.

 

We've come up with a range of concepts and ideas that could inject some fresh excitement into the world of trailerable trimarans in a series of five design focus articles to explore these ideas.

 

You can find these articles on the Rocket Factory web site.

 

 

 

 



Ullman Sails on the Pace at Airlie 2017


Ullman Sails photo by Shirley Wodson
Ullman Sails - Winner Airlie Beach Race Week 2017

Ullman Sails on her way to winning the Airlie Beach Race Week Series
Ullman Sails on her way to winning the Airlie Beach Race Week Series

Purple Haze in Clear Air


Congratulations to Alex McMillan and crew of Purple Haze for taking out the double in the Bay to Bay Race on the weekend. Purple Haze, an Essential Eight, took out the line honours and handicap trophies in the two day event held on Hervey Bay in Southern Queensland.

The photo was taken at Hamilton Island Race Week


Soul is back in Thailand


photo of catamaran Soul Phang Gna bay

Chincogan 52 Soul is back in the Land of Smiles. New owners Mike and Sarah Mason from New Zealand kindly sent us this fantastic shot of Soul taken at Phang Nga Bay.

Mike reports;  I sneaked off in the kayak just after sunrise to get that one knowing it was such a spectacular backdrop.  We loved exploring the top end of PhangNga Bay.  We had hardly used the kayaks coming up through Indonesia and were wondering if we could justify their existence but we used them everyday up there and didn’t use the dinghy at all.  The Hongs are spectacular!!

 

 

Click on the pic for a bigger image - it's a great shot.


Livewire 28 Pricing available now.


Meetup at Mets - A Great night in Amsterdam


Meetup at METS 2016 was a resounding success with thirty or more multihull enthusiasts turning up for food, drinks and camaraderie on a cold wet night at Bar Mowgli in Amsterdam.

Those present included boat owners past and present and future and a number of marine industry professionals including Lorraine Murray and Nick Cossich from ATL Composites Australia, Johan Breder (composites engineer with Southern Spars), Torbjorn Linderson, the multihull man with Southern Spars, and Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret.

It was a great night to exchange stories and make some new connections. Let’s hope we can make it happen again next year. Thanks to Davide Vizzini for the great photos.


Great Shots from Shirley Wodson at Airlie Beach Race Week.

Shirley has grabbed some great shots of the fleet racing at Airlie Beach Race Week including Mad Max and Warren Innes’s Barefoot.

There will be more of Shirley’s work coming to our pages. You can check out her work and purchase hi res photos on line here: shirleywodsonphotography.smugmug.com


Mad Max is Boss Hog

The Boss Hog Trophy is named for Don Algie, founder of Race Week and longterm sponsor with Hogs Breath Café. The Boss Hog Trophy is presented to the crew that best sums up the spirit of Race Week, displays sportsmanship and stands above the rest over the course of the regatta, on and off the water.

This year, the trophy was presented the trophy to APC Mad Maxi, Tony Considine’s Grainger 10 skippered at this regatta by George Owen. APC Mad Max won an incredible six from six races against stiff opposition. (Quoted from ABRW press release).

Photo by Shirley Wodson

 


36' Folding Trimaran for cheaper marina spaces.

Folding trimarans are great for trailering or hard stand storage. But they have another big advantage too. They take up a lot less space in the pens and that can save you a lot of money in marina fees.

We are working with an established builder who is interested in producing the 36 and we expect to have preliminary pricing available soon. 

Express your interest and we'll keep you up to date with progress. graingerdesigns@gmail.com



Reviving Memories of a Quick Boat

Flat Chat had a pretty successful racing career in Australia under various owners including two Brisbane to Gladstone Race wins under the command of Jamie Morris. She's been in New Zealand for several years now. Thanks to Jim Gard for posting a couple of classic pics on our Facebook visitors page. This is Flat Chat going, well …… flat chat!

 www.facebook.com/graingerdesigns


TR60 Custom Cruising Trimaran

This version of the TR60 trimaran features three private double cabins, (all with at least a metre of headroom over the berths) a roomy saloon and cockpit, and twin helm stations with good forward vision. It's being designed for a customer who wants to visit exotic cruising grounds and isolated surfing locations around the world. We'll have more details in the trimaran pages soon.


New 8.5m Sports Cat

What would Mad Max look like if we redesigned her today? Probably a bit like this 8.5m cat we're designing for Johannes Romkes. The underwater lines bear a close resemblance to the hull shapes we used on Mad Max.

The beams and centre pod are demountable. Johannes knows his way around composites and will be building the boat himself. We are looking forward to seeing this project get started.