The Multihull Cup’s built on from the successes of its previous editions and has quickly established itself as a regatta race fans cannot afford to miss. Although the regatta’s idyllic location and supreme sailing conditions add to its allure, it’s the camaraderie on the dock, and on the race course, that mainly yields its ‘secret sauce’. What’s more, there’s simply no regatta like the MHC on this side of the Atlantic, – it’s the only opportunity for 50ft + catamaran owners to race competitively.
The event’s third edition took place from the 30th of August until the 1st of September and saw the fleet sail three tactical coastal courses. If the event’s three days of racing have proven one thing, it’s that losing even a single second on the racecourse can make the difference between coming last and winning the day. It also meant that the Multihull Cup’s final race day made for a high-stakes battle, one that kept spectators on the edge of their seats and the creme of the multihull world amped to give it their all.
Ultimately, it was the 62ft. Dragon who punched well above her weight and managed to keep her cool under final-day pressure. “We’re stoked with the result, the boat went really well” enthused Brett Elliot, Dragon’s helmsman. Elliot put the team’s overall success down to a number of factors, “We had some key sails that we didn’t have last year, we’ve improved our crew-work, we’re more familiar with the area and the conditions were also good for the boat.”
However, with a number of race-orientated catamarans out on the water, competition was always going to be tough. Multis like the 66ft. Coco de Mer, a pure sailing machine with many racing miles under her keel, the battle-hardened, all-carbon R-Six (67 ft.) and Allegra (84 ft.), the advanced performance cat who made last year’s winning tactical calls, were hard acts to follow.
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. The 2019 event concluded spectacularly with a festive prize-giving ceremony which saw the Regatta Village alive with animated race crew, all smiling and still ardently discussing Sunday’s showdown. Highlight of the afternoon was, beyond question, the announcement of this year’s champions to a soundtrack of whistles and woohoos from the crowd.
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, organisers will be able to see most of this year’s teams back next year at the Multihull Cup’s fourth edition.
Coco de Mer navigator Bill Lacey 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!”
“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” concurred an enthusiastic Jonny Malbon, Allegra’s tactician and Vendée Globe sailor.
Event organizers and event host Port Adriano would like to thank all that participated and certainly hope to see competitors return for their 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 team’s smart polos. North Sails sponsored entrants’ stainless-steel bottles and CleanWave’s water station and Bruno’s chef made sure the restaurant’s paella and three-course dinner matched the on-water excitement in intensity.
Photos: Multihull Cup 2019