February 12, 2010

LIMELIGHT V

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I was fortunate to crew for Bruce Campbell on Limelight V. Bruce lived on a Trimaran next to his 35 foot racing Catamaran in False Creek opposite Granville Island - a million dollar setting!




































With the boards up, LL5 only drew 10 inches.












With a beam of 18 feet, this cat had quite a bit of area.






































It only took about 15 minutes to enter English Bay for a race from the dock.
I remember riding the windward hull which was about 5 feet above the water when conditions were just right.











Overnight races were always exciting but hard on skipper and crew.
As you sailed into the darkness, you had no idea what was ahead.




































LL5 sailed faster than the wind at times and did over 20 knots with a good breeze.
The 80's were an exciting time of change for multis as new designs were always coming off the drawing boards.  Below is a look at the multihull racing scene in the 1980's. Going fast is fun!

February 11, 2010

RACING MULTIHULLS IN THE 80's


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Although cruising multis have been built and sailed for decades in British Columbia, it was not until the beginning of 1980's that an increased number of racing multihulls came on the scene that serious organized racing began with the advent of the Western Multihull Association (WMA.)




































I would like to dedicate this site to Bruce Campbell, a pioneer in multihull sailing on the West Coast.




































The first of the new breed of cats was Wayne Gorrie's Solar Heat.







Martyn Bridgman"s NANDI is a fast Newick design.





































Karl Uthoff's Cat has gone through many name and design changes.





Peacock Roett's Hot Sauce could be seen from miles away.





Pierre Vaissade's Santispac could point quite high on a windward leg.




































John Batchelor's SUSHI was one of the few production boats.




































Bud Fassnacht's FUTURE SHOCK was usually the boat to beat in any race he entered.




































Richard Doze's TOPOLBAMPO at 42 feet was one of the larger multis around.




































Bruce Campbell's LIMELIGHT V was yet another Banks 35 cat racing locally.













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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