Monday, 27 January 2014

Festival of Sails update, Nacra 36 "Malice" just edges out Seacart 30 "Morticia" in regatta

From the following article on the Festival of Sails website:

A ‘get out of jail free card’ has been credited for saving the Festival of Sails multihull champion Malice from a race defeat that would have proven terminal to any regatta winning hopes.
Mal Richardson’s Nacra 36 Malice from Port Douglas won the Fuso Trucks Multihull Series by just two points over rival Morticia, a Sea Cart 30 skippered by Chris Williams from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The same margin separated the pair going into the last hit-out of the seven race series at twilight on Sunday, and tensions were high.

Richardson said he thought all was lost when Malice parked-up in a lull just metres from the finish line as Morticia led the fleet on a wind-fuelled charge to the finish.

“There was some sweat on the forehead, I don’t think I’ve any nerves left,” Richardson said.

“Thankfully we managed to steel ourselves and we won.”

It was far from a perfect performance for the Malice crew, who began the series by starting incorrectly not just once, but twice in the regatta’s spectacular Melbourne to Geelong passage race on Friday.

read more here

and the series results below:

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