04/11/2020 – Author: Multihull Central
Each October Multihull Central hosts a Seawind owners regatta on Pittwater, just north of Sydney Harbour. This year’s regatta came together in the last minute just as covid restrictions lifted a little in Australia allowing for group events. What followed was two days of close racing between 14 catamarans and fantastic parties both on and off the water in good fun and good humour.
The event has been running for more than 20 years now and is a great opportunity to test and practice sailing skills, meet other boat owners and enjoy the beauty of Pittwater and Broken bay, which is about a day sail from Sydney.
This year, the boat’s met at the Basin on Friday afternoon with the first race a shorter course to warm up and test the race committee’s handicaps. Seawind 1250 Rennaissance took line honours. Following racing the crew came together on the beach at the Basin to compete in the infamous blind dinghy race followed by sundowners.
The Basin is a beautiful anchorage with dozens of swing moorings with a beach, idyllic camping ground and a swimming lagoon surrounded by national park. That evening everyone returned to the boats for a dozen dinner parties being hosted onboard.
On Saturday there were two races that extended through the full length of Pittwater, the first of which got away in pretty light winds, which made for some close but unpredictable racing amongst the fleet. Seawind 1250 Whisky Business took out line honours.
Then it’s time to raft up for lunch onboard and a quick swim in Towler’s Bay where the fleet take anchorage.
The second race got underway in fresher breeze with storm clouds looming as Sydney got pelted with hail. After a close race and some breakages onboard Whisky Business and Double Vision, the Seawind 1250 ‘Catty Shack’ came through for a win…Luckily we got all racing in without a drop of rain until the last boat crossed the line and then the heavens opened. All the boats got back safely to the Royal Motor yacht club who accommodated many of the boats on their marina.
After a few sundowners at the dock, we moved inside for dinner out of the rain in the club with a beautiful meal. The Halloween themed party brought out some of the best and the worst costumes, with prizes also given for best carved lanterns.
Congratulations to the overall winners: Seawind 1250 Seatwist in first, Seawind 1250 Cattyshack in Second, and Seawind 1160 Location in third.
Next year’s event is already in planning so if you would like to join get in touch and get your Seawind ready.