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2005 Australian Trailerable Multihull Nationals

These were held at Hervey Bay from April 30 to May 5th, at the end of the very popular Bay to Bay race. The competitors were divided into three divisions, based on their OMR ratings. After a very quiet Bay to Bay, and first race, the winds really cut loose and there was some exciting sailing with speeds regularly topping 20 knots.

F-24 INTRIGUE leading the F-82 WINGED WARRIOR, and F-24 COCO LOCO

The series was completed with two heats sailed in 25-30 knots before the committee had to call it a day. The conditions really suited the F-24s, who took the first three places in Division II with Peter Hackett first in his F-24 INTRIGUE, Garry Scott in COCO LOC 2nd, and Tony Goschnick in OUTRAGE third. Peter was in fact fast enough to occasionally beat the Division I F-82Rs over the line in the survival conditions.

Keith Glover's TRILOGY claimed the Div I championship from Greg Bates in his newly completed Yamba F-82R Winged Warrior. Third was FRED, a slick Raider that had not been seen in local racing much before.

Local sailor Colin Parkinson on WINDANCER won Div 3 easily from the well prepared Canberra Tramp TRY'N , followed by MAZURA.

There was a reasonable amount of damage in the strong stuff, and plenty to talk about each night as sailors recounted stories of how much they had seen of competing boat's underbellies! The local Hervey Bay Boat Club Yacht Squadron put on a great event, nightly nibblies, breakfasts, and are to be applauded for a well-organised series.

Since then the vote for next year's venue has given the nod to be part of Skandia Geelong Race Week, and it should be HUGE.

INTRIGUE at speed

The F-24s were designed to be safe all rounders, with a conservative rig, but they can become real rocket ships in heavy conditions, and able to beat much larger boats. Peter writes:

"Highlight was reaching at same speed as the much larger trimaran LUKIM YU on a couple of legs, and tacking in to Urangan Pier for flat water doing 12 knots upwind, the boat feeling as balanced as any planing race boat or sailboard I have ever sailed"

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Peter Hackett and the trophies for F-24 class, OMR winner, and line honours winner.