by Alby Pratt

MC 38 Spring RegattaThe MC 38 class have just completed their Spring Regatta on Sydney Harbour with some excellent racing in great conditions. The class is going from strength to strength in Australia with several new boats joining the fleet and the standard of racing getting higher every regatta. John Bacon and his crew on Dark Star were able to turn the tables on current Australian champion Leslie Green and the Ginger team to take out the weekend.

The Ginger crew looked like they were going to continue on from where they left off at Hamilton Island back in August by winning the first two races but Dark Star hung tough to finish the first day with a 2,2,3,1 to take the lead. Day 2 was abandoned due to the conditions but day 3 gave some great racing with Marcus Blackmore and his crew on Hooligan finishing up as boat of the day with a 2,4,1,1.

In the final points, Dark Star was the winner with18 points, Hooligan a close second with 19 points and Ginger wrapping up the podium for third with 25 points. This regatta was the first outing for Lang Walker and his Kokomo team who had a good regatta but were hampered by some teething problems from not having sailed the boat before. They are a solid team and will raise the level in the class even higher.

All six boats in fleet raced with 100% North Sails CSD inventories with a mixture of 3Di 870 and 3Di Raw sails. Full results and more information about the MC 38 can be found on their class Web site:

MC 38

The MC38 raises high performance one design yacht racing to a new level. Designed by four-time America’s Cup designer Harry Dunning, The MC38 delivers high performance racing in a One Design Class. Designed for international, inter-state or inter-club racing, the MC38 has a removable Carbon keel-fin for ease of transport. McConaghy build and finish quality ensure strong, fast and identical boats for maximum racing, without the need for maximum crew.

© North SailsAlby Pratt is the MC 38 Class Leader. With 20+ years of sailmaking experience, Alby is closely involved with the class and is always working to improve the product. He can answer any questions you have about the MC 38, including sail and rig setup, or he can direct you to your local MC 38 expert.

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