Geste smashes RCSR Multihull race record
Eventually, the breeze filled in for the last 85nm cementing Karl Kwok (HK) and team of Gavin Brady (NZL), Margaret Chan (HK), Cowen Chiu (HK), Matt Humphries (UK), Matt Keelway (NZL), Spencer Loxton (UK), Rob Salthouse (NZL), Dave Swete (NZL) and Cameron Ward (AUS) into the record books. "We did around 400nm in a 17 hour period and at the end of the day we came and did what we wanted to do and we got a new record!” he added.
Of sailing on the MOD Kwok said, “I have been a monohull sailor since 1975 so really this is a brand new experience and all I can say is that it's not as comfortable as a monohull; it's super fast, much faster - and I think that compensates for it all. It's exhilarating when the boat picks up speed and it just flies. Equally when there is no wind the boat just sits there like anything else. We had 37kts, this is what we call the 'red zone', you know, you push a little harder and something might go wrong but our average was about 20kts. At that speed you are like a motor boat with the amount of shaking and rumbling. Again it’s a totally new experience. As I get older I guess this is perhaps the only way to save precious time racing; you can do offshore races in less time!"
am very appreciative of my team; they have been sailing with me off and
on for many years. We didn’t just go into the race for the first
time - we have trained on this boat for about a year racing in New Zealand
against other multihulls and things have paid off. Totally happy."
said Kwok, thanking his crew and celebrating with a few beers.
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