The Multihull Cup’s 2018 edition has built on from the success of its inaugural event, which took place in September 2016. Calvià, Mallorca – Although the regatta’s idyllic location and great sailing conditions add to its allure, it was the intangible buzz -the kind you only find at boutique events- which, again, cinched the Multihull Cup’s magic. Not only that, the Multihull Cup is the only regatta this side of the Atlantic dedicated to offering 50ft + catamaran owners the opportunity to race competitively.
And race they did. Sailors and spectators alike were able to sink their teeth into three days of action-packed racing. Ultimately, it was the 84 ft, Nigel Irens-designed Allegra who deftly transcended, the not-so shabby competition. Slick crew-work was this multihull’s trump card and enabled the team to claim the overall title.
Looking at the final results Allegra’s race skipper Paul Larsen, outright sailing speed world record holder, observed that: “Although R-Six crossed the finish line in real time fourth, on handicap, she was 38 seconds behind (overall winner) Allegra. Those 38 seconds not only decided the event’s overall result but that each entrant, regardless of their position in the fleet while racing, have a chance of claiming victory.”
Allegra’s owner/driver Adrian Keller concludes that indeed: “On handicap, we all ended up being really close. This means that we could also have 50ft boats racing with us and all competitors would have a fair chance of winning the regatta.”
Loïck Peyron, legendary sailor and Coco de Mer’s tactician, adds that: “There is a big chance that the size of the fleet will increase in the future. In fact, we’re (Loïc Peyron is Global Advisor to Grand Large Yachting) working on attracting more multihulls to come and race in the Mediterranean.”
This year’s entrants will most likely return to compete in the Multihull Cup’s next edition, whether to fiercely defend their hard-fought title or indeed try and whip this year’s winner. The 62 ft Dragon’s owner concurred: “We very much enjoyed the event. It’s been wonderfully organized and we look forward to coming to a third, and fourth, edition!”
The 66 ft R-Six, 2016 victor, will most certainly return. The yacht’s owner, in a word, enthused: “Of course! We are happy to be here and we will be back, anytime!”
The high jinks on the racecourse were balanced up by the regatta’s jovial atmosphere. Boat owners and race crew enjoyed the daily post-race drinks on the dock, which continued long after the day’s winners had been announced. Highlights were the Multihull Cup Regatta Dinner at Restaurante Bruno and a convivial prize giving ceremony, which capped the event’s fun perfectly.
By Danielle Berclouw