Next America’s Cup to be held in 2013 on catamarans

The next America’s Cup will be held in 2013 and will use catamarans instead of the traditional monohulls as part of an overhaul of yachting’s premier event, organisers announced Monday.

The AC72 wingsail catamarans will be “pretty special, very powerful and very demanding”, Russell Coutts, the CEO of America’s Cup defenders Oracle, told a news conference in the Spanish Mediterranean port of Valencia.
As part of sweeping changes to the world’s oldest international sporting competition, he also announced a “new annual America’s Cup World Series to create exposure and commercial sustainability for teams and their sponsors”.
“The series, featuring the cutting-edge catamaran, will deliver exciting racing to new audiences ahead of the America’s Cup match in 2013.”
He said a new “Youth America’s Cup” will take place from 2012 “to provide young sailors a pathway” to the event iteself, and “media output will be revolutionised” with “onboard cameramen”.
“We need to capture and communicate the excitement that our sport can produce,” New Zealander Coutts said.
“As sailors we all know the excitement we feel on the boat, we have to find better ways to transmit that to the audience that are watching. Then, we need to have the best sailors in the world, sailing the coolest and fastest boats in the world.
“We could have pressed the repeat button and organised the 34th America’s Cup much the same” as the 32rd America’s Cup, held in Valencia in 2007, the last edition of the event to follow the traditional, multichallenger format.
“Then, the boats were relatively even and some of the racing was great. Even so, when we looked into it deeply, the commercial and media returns fell well short of a coherent and cohesive model that would create sustainable teams and encourage sponsors to plan for the long term.
“As such, the resulting changes are substantial. It is crucial to end the uncertainty and lay the groundwork for continuity.”
The organisers have sought “to put in place a calender of regular racing, exciting racing, that is shorter, sharper and more spectacular, racing that matches the expectations of the Facebook generation not the Flintstone generation”.

The America’s Cup traditionally uses monohulls. But the last edition held in Valencia February was a multihull duel between the US syndicate Oracle and Switzerland’s Alinghi following more than two years of legal wrangling between the two teams over the rules of the event.

Labour Day Sail In – September 4 to 6


The Labour Day sail in proved to be the grand finale of the club’s 2010 on the water events.  Quite a few former members attended and some of them even re-joined. Gayle, Jacqueline & Robbie Uthoff let us use their property on Saturna Island for group dinners both Saturday and Sunday night. We also got to meet the newest addition to their family  – Karl Alexander Gerhart Uthoff – born July 2010. Tami Harker, Denise Kerr & her friend Suzanne brought their musical instruments so there was entertainment both nights.  Also, Denise demonstrated Maori dancing with lit “poi” (balls attached to flax strings twirled about).  It was quite spectacular and a little scary.  As usual, there was a fun race Sunday afternoon and this year there was just enough wind for everyone to have a good sail.   Winner was Dream Chaser, second Bad Kitty & third Santispac.  Those who crossed the strait mid morning Monday had, in Walter Payne’s words, an “exhilarating” ride home in 4 to 5 foot waves and winds up to 28 knots.

Jacqueline with baby Karl
Jacqueline with baby Karl


Courtney Harker starts the race
Courtney Harker starts the race




First Place: Dreamcatcher , skipper Cam McCannel
First Place: Dreamcatcher , skipper Cam McCannel


Third Place - Santispac, Bob & Ron with Santispac Admiral Julie Stewart
Third Place – Santispac, Bob & Ron with Santispac Admiral Julie Stewart








Cowichan Bay Regatta – July 31 & August 1


Eighteen multihulls duelled it out at Cowichan Bay on the BC Day Weekend for the  2010 Karl Uthoff Northwest Multihull Championship Cup. The winner was Geneva skippered by Eric Pesty, second place went to Red Shift (Wayne Gorrie) and third Dragonfly (Richard Ackrill). There was also an A Class division with  Kim Alfred’s USA 249 taking first place followed by Screamin Seaman (Jason Arnold) and USA 247 (Morgan Tedra). On Saturday night, sailors and friends enjoyed a Steak BBQ and beforehand the Margaritas  flowed courtesy of UK Halsey Sailmakers  of Sidney, BC.

BC Multihull Society NewCastle Island Sail In


NewCastle Island offered a beautiful setting for the BC Multihull Society’s July 17th get together.  Boats anchored in the shallow end of Mark Bay and again some of our more hardy members went swimming. There was an abundance of food to be shared at the group dinner ashore Saturday evening. Gary Astill took on the role of BBQ supervisor and ensured no one’s dinner was ruined by too much time spent socializing instead of cooking.  An enjoyable time was had by all.




Swiftsure Yacht Race May 29 – 31


Nine boats entered the Cape Flattery Multihull division of the Swifsure International Yacht race – Bad Kitty (BCMS), Dream Chaser (BCMS), Sauterelle (BCMS), Dragon Fly, Red Shift, Blue Lightning, Freda Mae & Rufduck. Five multis choose the shorter Rosedale Rocks course – Geneva (BCMS),  Cat Sass, Drum, Son of Raven & Taz.  A good time was had on the dock Friday before the race with meeting old friends and making new as well as checking out improvements made over the winter to the various boats.  Richard Ackrill (Dragonfly) organized a Group dinner for Multihullers at the Royal Victoria Yacht club on Friday night.  Over fifty people attended and had a good meal plus lots of laughs over the stories told.


Strong Wind (over 30 knots) was in the forecast for the race start on Saturday and for most of the day.  For once, the forecast was true which resulted in quite a few boats withdrawing due to damage to equipment or unpleasant conditions for the crew.  First home in the Swiftsure race was Dragonfly @ 8:30 PM on Saturday night.  Next multihull was Red Shift @ 5:07 AM Sunday morning followed by Blue Lightning at 6:30 AM.  All the other boats in the Cape Flattery Multihull Division did not finish. Geneva was first in the Rosedale Rocks race.


Port Browning Sail In May 22 & 23


The weather forecast was for a pleasant Victoria Day Long weekend.  Saturday morning was bright and sunny, however, the clouds gathered throughout the day with the rain starting just as we assembled on the beach for our group beach BBQ at 6:00 P.M.  Chips got soggy and sauce washed off steaks in the downpour but quite a few very hardy Multihullers stuck it out to eat truly al fresco.  Numbers were down considerably by the time we held the BC Multihull Society Annual Meeting at 8:00 PM but there was a quorum so the business of the club could be completed.  This was approval of the 2009 Finanical Statements and election of 2010 Directors.


Rain began again on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 P.M. just as our fun race started. (The Gods were not kind to us this weekend). The good news was there was also wind plus the rain stopped shortly after the race got underway.  Most boats finished in less than two hours.  First in the Cruising Division was Dutch Treat (skipper Peter Schoonbeek), Second Manitou (skipper Peter McKercher) and third Paudeen whose Skipper Darren Mathison kept claiming his trimaran had a mental handicap not a sailing handicap. (or was he refering to himself?) Flying Kiwi (skipper Stu Kerr) was first in the racing division, second Sauterelle (skipper John Green) and third Sprint (skipper Richard Woods).

This was the first race for Bad Kitty after her new owners Ron Tomas and Bob Davis had spent the winter modifying her hull shape and reinforcing some of her weaker areas. She also got a new paint job and looked very glamorous in comparison to her previous incarnations.  Bob skippered  her in the race and was very pleased on how well she cut rhough the short chop.  Being stiffer meant she could slice through the waves instead of being tossed about by them.  The hope is that this will produce more speed.


The Awards were given out Sunday night at the club’s get together at the Port Browning restaurant. As always, everyone really enjoyed the cammaderie and the fresh air and a great start to the new sailing season.


Semiahmoo Bay International Regatta, April 24th & 25th

Semiahmoo Bay International Regatta, April 24th & 25th was the first multihull racing event of 2010.  Forty four boats participated including TEN multihulls (Flying Kiwi (BCMS), Mustang Sally (BCMS), Screamin Seaman (BCMS), Blue Lightning, Flying Geese, Cat Sass, Black MaJac, A4, The Rufduck, & USA 249). Saturday had too much wind (9 -18 knots in the bay and 23 further out) and Sunday not enough. Mark Gumley’s Blue Lightning finished first in the 21 nautical mile Multihull race although Kim Alfred’s USA 249 (18 foot cataman) won the overall title.

September 2009

Summer’s not over yet!!

Richard Woods reports from the water in Plumper Sound, Saturna, that Karl and Robbie Uthoff were sailing Wingspan. Thier first real chance to try out the new rig.


Winter Cove Sail In Sept 4 & 5th




Some club members didn’t let a forecast of rain & stormy weather for the September Labour Day weekend stop them from enjoying the annual BC Multihull Society Winter Cove Sail in.  Flying Kiwi, Wingspan, Bad Kitty, Manitou, Geneva, Dream Chaser, Blue Tango, Santispac ( a potential member) and Green Flash arrived in the bay Friday and Saturday.  For the first time, there were no wind holes for the Sunday fun race and even Manitou managed to fly around the course.  When the rain came Sunday night, we all enjoyed the comfort of Gayle & Karl Uthoff’s new cabin for the prize giving and socializing.  The winds died on Monday so it was an easy sail home.  Thank you Gayle & Karl for letting us use your property for this event.

August 2009


After many years without a mast, Wingspan is stepped with her new rig on Sunday Aug 9th. Karl Uthoff is excited about launching her in time for the September Sail-In at his cabin on Saturna Island. He can be heard  saying “Look out all you cruisers! here comes the competition”.  Ron Tomas , Stuart Keer, Tim Poustie, Derrek Poustie, Robbie Uthoff and Bob Davis spent the afternoon maneuvering it into position.