In less than one week’s time, we’ll be able to sink our teeth into the Multihull Cup, a laidback yet competitive regatta that features 50’+ performance multihulls putting their racing talent to the test. Competing catamarans range from 60 to 84 ft. and include some of the world’s most thrilling multis designed by the globe’s hottest designers. California-based Morrelli & Melvin, the brains behind the Olympic Nacra class, lay claim to two of the regatta’s entrants, 2016 victor R-Six and Coco de Mer. R- Six’ lines are the result of three America’s Cup campaigns and yachts that have broken ‘around the world’ and 24-hour records. The 66’ Coco de Mer, a regular racer, boasts a display case bursting with silverware and placed second during the regatta’s first (2016) edition.
Multihull fans can also feast their eyes on Allegra, last year’s event winner and this year’s giant of the fleet. Allegra will be skippered by Paul Larsen, the globe’s outright sailing speed world record-holder, no less. Another fiery entrant is the 60’ Dragon, the result of a collaboration between Australian boatbuilders McConaghy and racing multihull specialist Bañuls Design. She’s not only substantially lighter than most 50-60 ft. cruising catamarans but is empowered by a cockpit optimized for racing and curved dagger boards.
Allegra, Coco de Mer, Dragon and R-Six have all taken part in the regatta’s previous editions. The fact that this next edition will be the third time that these gritty racers meet on the start line will make the event’s racing all the more exciting. Although competitiveness rules on the race course, while tied to the dock it’s the camaraderie that reigns supreme. A good case in point is the event’s superlative social programme. The MHC’s Paella Dock Party and Regatta Dinner, not to mention daily drinks and catch-ups once back on the dock, balance out the on-water excitement perfectly.
The Multihull Cup will take place in Port Adriano from the 31st of August until the 1st of September 2019.