September 3rd, Port Adriano
The Multihull Cup is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, solid sailing conditions and tight racing. Not only that, it’s the only regatta this side of the Atlantic dedicated to offering 50ft + catamaran owners the opportunity to race competitively.
And what a rollercoaster ride it has been!
This third edition of the Multihull Cup has come to a spectacular end and after three days of intense racing it was the 62ft. Dragon who punched well above her weight and managed to keep her cool under final-day pressure.
However, with a number of race-orientated catamarans out on the water, competition was always going to be tough. Multis like Coco de Mer, a pure sailing machine with many racing miles under her keel, the battle-hardened, all-carbon R-Six and Allegra, the advanced performance cat who made last year’s winning tactical calls, were hard acts to follow.
“The racing was tight and the boats similar. The boats go pretty fast so it’s fun, there’s lots of water flying around everywhere,” exclaimed Hugh Fletcher, Coco de Mer’s tactician.
Daily high jinks on the racecourse were balanced up by the regatta’s laid back atmosphere. As in the event’s previous editions, cat owners and race crew reveled in the social events and post-race catch-ups in the Regatta Village. Highlights were the Multihull Cup Regatta Dinner at Restaurante Bruno, Thursday’s Paella Party and a lively prize giving ceremony, the latter capped the regatta’s fun perfectly.
“Great competition, boats that go fast, a beautiful location and sweet surroundings in which to chill out and have a few drinks. It’s the ultimate way to do this kind of racing” said an enthusiastic Jonny Malbon, Allegra’s tactician and Vendée Globe sailor.
Coco de Mer navigator Bill Lacey also summed up the event with great gusto: “We’ve had a really good time and it was very well organised. The sailing was fantastic, it was close and we love it here. It’s Mallorca!”
The post-racing comments on the dock confirmed that the regatta, once again, did not fall short on either competition nor excitement and if the snippets of conversation we picked up are anything to go by, we’ll be able to see most of this year’s teams back next year at the Multihull Cup’s fourth edition.
Event organizers and event host Port Adriano would like to thank all that participated and certainly hope to see competitors return for our next event, whether to ferociously defend their hard-fought trophy or indeed try and trounce this year’s winner.
Last but not least, event organisers want to offer a word of thanks to this year’s partners for their support. The regatta village’s envy-inducing set-up was Terraza Balear’s doing while Marine Pool were behind the event’s stylish, top quality polos. North Sails, a company that powers more race wins than any other sailmaker, sponsored entrants’ stainless-steel bottles and CleanWave’s water station. Restaurante Bruno ensured their delectable paella and dinner matched the on-water excitement in intensity.
Original text from Danielle Berclouw @multihullcup