Owen Clarke trimaran success at Nationals

Owen Clarke trimaran success at Nationals

Wednesday October 23 2013 Author: Owen Clarke Design Location: Australia

The trimaran Spirit snatched second place in the Australian Multihull National titles.  This Owen Clarke 40’ tri built In the UK in the early 90’s and formerly owned by IMOCA 60 skipper Mike Golding bested a number of more recent designs including an all carbon Farrier designed tri with a canting rig.

Last month saw the Airlie Beach Race week on and while they held that regatta they also held the Australian Multihull National titles.


Skipper/owner Jason Gard updated us:

"We thought we'd give it a bash and see how we'd go against the top boats here in Oz.  There were some wild boats that entered some very serious carbon flyers that are well known back here and also the new Farrier all carbon canting rigged tri that is meant to haul arse!  

 Anyway the breeze was light for the whole regatta meaning nothing really above 20kts for the week it was on.  The first few days were 5-10's and on the last day we saw the most breeze we had for the whole regatta about 15-18kts.  So it was really fun to play in such light air and it was great to have to work the boat hard to get her going we really learnt a lot about Spirit and how she sails in light airs.  
 Our new sails had arrived about a week earlier from Hyde Sails in the UK, which are made in the Philippines and look and worked great!  We replaced the two reachers and the Jib and Mainsail.  We were all pretty excited about the racing and thought that if we could manage a top five we'd be pretty happy.

Anyway we managed a 2nd place in Division 1, which for a boat that is over 20 years old in build and design and that's not fully carbon and that also raced with cruising sails not high tech laminates is pretty bloody good and I think it was a testament to the boats original design.  

Spirit was consistently in the top five boats not only on handicap but over the line we were in the top four beating some serious all carbon flyers in the incredibly light airs.  As you can imagine I was blown away and stoked to do it with Spirit.  She's an amazing boat and still her turn of speed and sea keeping ability is second to none."

The cruising's special too, check out this beautiful video of cruising the Whitsundays: www.youtube.com/watch

 

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