Call of the catamaran?


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Gavin Brady on the demise of the America's Cup Class and the latest on Beau Geste
Little known fact of the day: Leading match racer and America’s Cup skipper Gavin Brady was brought up on a multihull. When his father retired as a fisherman in New Zealand, so the Brady family were loaded on to the family trimaran and spent four years cruising around the Pacific. Once upon a time this may have been irrelevant. Now it goes on the CV. “The fastest we got that thing going was 20 knots. My mum wasn’t too happy about the house doing 20 knots,” recalls Brady. The US-based New Zealander was in Dubai last week skippering Mascalzone Latino Audi Team in the Louis Vuitton Trophy. However this was Brady’s last gig with Vincenzo Onorato’s team. The Italian shipping magnate and the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup committed to the LV events this year in Auckland, La Maddalena and Dubai with Brady as skipper along with a strong team including the likes of Flavio Flavini, Steve Hayles, Cameron Dunn and Morgan Larson. But that is as far as it goes for this squad. Now Onorato seems to be wiping the slate clean ready for the 34th America’s Cup, although his plans, particularly when it comes to personnel either on the sailing or design side, have yet to be revealed. It seems the Latin Rascals are not rushing into catamarans. “Vincenzo is maybe like the Oracle guys - he is so busy trying to make it [the 34th America’s Cup] go in the right direction, there hasn’t been much communication with the sailing team,” says Brady. “Vincenzo has always been that way – he’s said to the sailors ‘you go out there and win and you’ll make my job easy. Get good results, look after Audi and things will work out’. That has been his motto right from

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