The featherweight trimaran Morticia fought above its weight to claim a surprise victory against much bigger and more powerful rivals in the Festival of Sails’ Melbourne to Geelong passage race today, Friday 24th January, 2014.
Weighing in at just 900 kilos the pure carbon 30-foot racer was built by Formula 1 car manufacturers in Europe, and it performed like one once the southerly change revved-up the 230-strong fleet across the 34 nautical mile course.
Morticia’s skipper Chris Williams said they were in fifth place with about 15 nautical miles to go when a sloppy 8 knot sou’easterly breeze finally clocked around to the south, building to near 20 knots.
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|Seacart 30 trimaran Morticia, photo courtesy Terri Dodds/Festival of Sails|