Nacra 36 wins APC Logistics National Trailable Multihull Regatta 2010
Malcolm Richardson took his giant Nacra 36 catamaran down from Port Douglas NQ to Lake Macquarie in NSW to sail the APC Logistics National Trailable Multihull Regatta, and it was well worth the effort.
Back in the 70’s, Nacra 36 was the first Nacra build, as the beginning of the Nacra catamaran fleet as we know it.
Malcolm’s 36 was built in 1980, and it was a long time since it has done any races against a competitive catamaran fleet. Bringing the boat down to the APC Logistics National Trailable Multihull Regatta, no one had any idea how the boat would race against today’s top of the fleet catamarans like Indian Chief and APC Mad Max.
After winning the first race of the series it did not take long for people holding discussions on several sailing journals how this old boat was capable of winning. Was it luck? No it wasn’t because they kept winning races, and even became line honours in the Long Distance race, leaving Mad Max and all the other boats, struggling with the heavy weather conditions, behind.
Marja van Helden (crew member): “Most of the week, we were sailing in heavy wind, with over 25 knots in long distance. A boat that can survive 30 years, can survive that weather, so we thought. So with nothing to lose we pushed the boat as hard as we could. We went into this competition with no expectations and a crew and skipper (Adam Beattie) that never raced the Nacra 36 or any other big cat. But we, and I think many others, were very surprised with how well the boat preformed.”
The Nacra 36 ended up winning overall, Wilparina II a F9R mod in second and Mad Max the Grainger Cust finishing third.
A new Nacra 36C is being built at the moment-this features all carbon hulls, rudders and daggerboards.
This will be a one design full on racing boat, and it will be raced in the 2011 Multihull division at Manly later this year.
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