U.S. Multihull Championship
Published on October 8th, 2023
Bruce Mahoney claimed the 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship, held October 5-8 in Pensacola, Florida. This ‘bring-your-own’ event used A-Class catamarans conforming to the Non-Foiling Classic Division of the International A-Class Catamaran Class Rules. Mahoney was at the top of the 25-boat fleet out of the gate, winning the first four races of the event, and going on to win six of the eight total races.
“I did a lot of prep at home, getting the sails to be the way I thought they should be,” said said Mahoney. “They’re probably a lot flatter than most of the fleet, and it felt good to know they’re fast! This regatta was all about set up and gear changes.”
Hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club, Mahoney’s winning margin was 13 points over Bob Hodges, with Christopher Brown four points back in third.
“It’s great to be back and part of the championship,” said A Class President Bob Webbon. “This is a spectacular venue, it’s obvious the club and the city of Pensacola are going out of their way to embrace sailing which is a super positive thing for everyone. It’s great to have such an inviting host.”
The championship saw a wide range of conditions, challenging every sailor. The first day completed three races in light winds, which got lighter on the second day to prevent any racing. However, the final two days enjoyed champagne conditions to close out the eight-race series.
“Sailors have had practically every condition they could possibly have, from barely enough wind to almost too much wind for them to function. It’s been a good contest,” said Hal Smith, Principal Race Officer. “It’s always great to work with US Sailing because you are an entity who knows and understands the sport – working with the Multihull Committee has been terrific.”
Source: US Sailing