Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Despite the usual crappy winds at the St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta, three fleets of trimarans showed up with some good racing across the board. With the multihulls’ mass exodus from Key West Race Week this year, it looks like the much cheaper St. Pete event may become the de facto winter championship for these classes in the future. We’ll have a Clean Report on the overall event later in the week, but in the meantime, here’s a report from ‘Aclass USA 230’ on the Corsair Sprint 750 Sprint action (remember that Multihull Anarchy Sponsor Corsair Marine is still running a discount for Anarchists on this speedy little boat).
Seven Sprint 750’s made the trip to St. Petersburg for the 2009 NOOD regatta. Corsair trimarans in general were well represented with 17 boats total with the five 28R’s and five 24MkII’s also racing. The 28R’s and 24MkII’s were grouped into one start and the Sprints had their own start. All of the racing was done on multi lap WL courses. In our fleet, there was a lot of talent. Past Corsair Nationals winner Don Wigston was sailing with top multihull crew Mike McGarry. Phil Styne was sailing with Olympic medalist/coach Jay Glaser. Tim Britton had VX40 pro Jon Farrar on board. On my own boat, I recruited US Sailing team boatwright Donnie Brennan to sail his first multihull event in addition to my girlfriend Elise Read.