Mount Gay Rum to Kick Off Phuket Raceweek Celebration

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2012 will finally kick off in Thailand tomorrow evening in style, as Mount Gay Rum is slated to host the opening celebration – to be followed by the start of racing Thursday morning in what is forecast to be perfect ‘champagne sailing’ conditions.

Approaching its ninth year, Phuket Raceweek consists of four days of world-class yacht racing and four nights of beachside partying. With seven classes (including multihulls), the regatta has gained quite a reputation for competitive racing and is dubbed “Thailand’s Most Exciting Regatta.”

This year, participants are coming from all corners of the globe, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Laos, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, Germany and the U.S.

For the full story, visit http://www.phuketgazette.net/archives/phuketsports/2012/article16440.html.

For more information regarding Phucket Raceweek 2012 and the multihull class, visit www.phuketraceweek.com.

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Amazing Aerial Photographs of Hydroptère

Check out this aerial photo shoot of l’Hydroptère DCNS Alain Thébault and his dream team (Yves Parlier, Jean le Cam, Jacques Vincent, Luc Alphand) during the first series of trials at La Ciotat in the Mediterranean.

The trimaran has now arrived by container ship in Los Angeles, where she will be based while waiting for weather for an attempt on the Pacific crossing record between Los Angeles and Honolulu this summer.

Story and photograph courtesy of Christophe Launay.

For more information regarding Christophe Launay and/or SeaLaunay, visit his website and blog. For further details, follow Launay’s adventures on Twitter @SeaLaunay.

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Enjoy WindRider Videos

Today, enjoy videos courtesy of WindRider, a recreational trimaran sailing company:

The first entitled, Hopkins Invitational was filmed in breathtaking Hopkins, Belize right alongside the stunning Belize resort, Jaguar Reef Lodge.

The second titled, A WindRider Day, was filmed by a prospective WindRider owner who chose to test out a WR17 on a beautiful windy day in Bimini Bay, which is located on the backside of Anna Maria Island, a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of sunny Florida.

For more captivating WindRider sailing clips or for further details on a WindRider model for sale nearest you, visit the WindRider website.

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Sanya 57 to Headline Sydney Boat Show Exhibit

The innovative and stylish Fountaine Pajot sailing catamaran, the Sanya 57, is set to headline the Multihull Solutions’ exhibit from August 2-6 at the 45th annual Sydney International Boat Show. The show is to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Cockle Bay Marina, located at Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia.

The Sanya 57’s launch was based solely in the southern hemisphere, having been spotted for the very first time on crystal blue Australian waters. Following intensive sea trials, the Sanya 57 has come to prove everlasting capabilities for both sea travel and recreational cruising.

As reported by YachtandBoat.com last week, the Sanya 57, “handles the rough seas with ease and exhibits a noticeable absence of pounding or spray, while pitching is remarkably limited as the impact of waves is effortlessly absorbed.  The boat offers excellent directional stability, steady speed, outstanding comfort, and enjoys being sailed hard in even inclement conditions.”

Also on display at the Multihull Solutions’ exhibit in Sydney, onlookers will spot the noteworhty Catana 47 carbon infusion, as well as the new 2012 Fountaine Pajot sailing catamaran, the Lipari 41.

For more details regarding the Sanya 57 go to YachtandBoat’s featured article.

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Aeroyacht Video Clips

Dreaming of endless sunny days sailing your multihull on crystal blue waters, but stuck inside this rainy June? Fret no more – Aeroyacht, the official U.S. dealer for Fountaine Pajot cruising catamarans and power traveler cats has just the cure – for now, at least. Spend your day inside clicking through some of the most breathtaking and informational videos Aeroyacht has to offer – from beautiful cruising clips of the Arrowcat 42 Flyover to an interior walk-through of the Outremer 5x. These videos will be sure to lift your sailing spirits.

To browse through Aeroyacht’s video gallery, visit www.aeroyacht.com/about/aeroyacht-video-gallery/

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New F-44SCs Available From Multihulls Direct

From Farrier Marine:

It has been a while since I have been able to recommend a big cat builder, the last series build being in Australia around 2002-2005, with a superb product. But, as was the case with the F-33, this had to be ended as the Aussie dollar went too high, which made it just too expensive to build boats in Australia.

However, American Michael Mallory in the Philippines decided to build his own F-44SC catamaran a couple of years ago, and liked it so much he decided to form Multihulls Direct to build them commercially. He has engaged Andrew Johnson (an Australian engineer formerly of Melvest Marine) to supervise all construction, which means a very high standard, as I know Andrew well and have seen his work. The F-44SC is based on the Farrier F-41, but with more room and cruising capability, while Multihulls Direct are building an even more advanced version, specially developed for their series production, with a number of recent improvements. They will be building for the world wide market, and the quality of their first build looks to be outstanding.

The factory is located in Subic Bay (Philippines), where they will also have the room to custom build my trimaran designs such as the F-32, F-32SR and F-85SR (one already started). All operations are being supervised by Andrew, who is very experienced in all aspects of my designs, having already built a number of F-82s, F-22s, and F-32s.

Like the F-41, the F-44SC is a cruising cat that will not disappoint trimaran owners. F-boaters are used to effortless tacking and good all round performance, and moving up to a big cruising cat can be a disappointment, as their performance can be sluggish for a trimaran sailor. But when I opted to design a large cat I decided that it would have to have good ‘trimaran like’ performance, as I could never personally promote or sell just another cruising cat with mediocre performance. So I gave it deep efficient foils, a rotating mast, and hull specifications that allowed it to be built very light, and I was personally delighted with the end result. Read more.

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Catamaran Q5 Quintessential Launched in New Zealand Waters

Anticipated powerhouse, Catamaran Q5 Quintessential successfully launched this past week at Auckland’s Hobsonville Point Yard 37 marina, under the construction of Yachting Developments, a New Zealand-based international, award-winning composite superyacht building company. As the fourth multihull to be launched over 100 ft (30m) in 2012, the luxury yacht will now prepare to undergo two weeks worth of sea trials on the Hauraki Gulf. Following said trials, the Q5 Quintessential will later head out on an initial voyage coasting the Pacific.

The Q5 Quintessential is equipped with two 460 horsepower Caterpillar engines, ensuring to run at a high speed of fourteen knots. Certainly, that is not all this superyacht has to offer. As recently reported by Boating New Zealand, the Q5 Quintessential, “has been built using high-strength, weight-saving composite materials – post-cured epoxy Eglass/carbon fibre with foam sandwich technology. Yachting Developments built the craft to meet and exceed stringent GL class survey requirements.”

Crafted by British interior designers, Redman Whiteley Dixon, the sailing yacht boasts five guest cabins and three crew cabins. Not to forget, the Q5 Quintessential also bears a remarkable 48 ft (14.63m) beam – certainly a sight on the horizon not overlooked.

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Trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing Closes on Auckland Record

Kiwi trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing is on track to break the Auckand-Noumea race multihull record today, but the crew’s hearts are with their stricken rival, Beau Geste.

Winds of over 30 knots yesterday had pushed the Vodafone “freight train” towards the outright record in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea race, but the Orma 60′s progress slowed in confused seas and shifting winds overnight.

The crew reported all was well on board, but their thoughts were with the 18 crew on board Beau Geste, making their way to safety at Norfolk Island after the 80ft monohull suffered serious damage to its hull and decking last night.

“The boys feel gutted for Beau Geste and hope they make Norfolk safely,” the Vodafone crew posted on Facebook.

Beau Geste, with Kiwi match racer Gavin Brady at the helm, is being accompanied by a fishing boat in the rescue mission organized by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand. The boat issued a distress call around 7pm when conditions on board began deteriorating rapidly in the rough seas.

For the full story, visit stuff.co.nz.

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