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Awesome Foursome Multihulls

LANGKAWI, 12 January. – It will be a four-way race in the 14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2016 Multihull class which features Tunku Soraya Dakhlah’s Manta Blu; Allegro with Bob McIntyre at the helm; IMAGE asia Nina owned by Grenville Fordham and Bob Mott, and WOW led by David Liddell.

Launched on 28 December 2015 in Phuket, Allegro is the baby of the RLIR 2016. Skipper Bob McIntyre, friend Brian Lawrence and a crew of five more including the boat builder Alan Carwardine intend to put her through the paces for the first time in an international race.

McIntyre moved to Malaysia from Australia more than 20 years ago, and has made his home in Langkawi for the last nine. He owned and sailed Jelita, a Baveria 42, in two RLIRs but said, “It’s not so much about the racing as it is about the lifestyle. A catamaran is ideal for cruising with friends and family because it has more space and it’s more stable compared to a monohull, and Langkawi offers a relaxed atmosphere. There’s no better combination than this.”

A former electrical engineer, Bob is now a director in a consultancy firm in Malaysia and shares ownership of Allegro with Hubert Hsieh, the chairman. “About two years ago we started talking about sailing and he asked me to teach him, not so much how to sail but how to live this lifestyle,” said McIntyre.

An Asian Catamaran Stealth 13 design, the Allegro is one of the new-age multihulls. “People think multihulls are bulky, slow boats but these days they are built ultra light and fast,” he said.
When it came to naming his new boat, McIntyre combined his love for classical music with what he calls “go fast” names. “You’ve got names like Gayleforce and Hurricane. The Allegro is built to be fast and the word means quick tempo in musical terms. Need I say more.”

Unlike Allegro that will be making its maiden race, IMAGE asia Nina is a veteran of the RLIR and comes into the multihull lineup as defending champion. Having competed six times and won three, this seven-year old Andaman Cabriolet design with a crew of five is helmed by Grenville Fordham.

“People underestimate the power of the multihulls. Of course, the monohulls look spectacular in fast winds but some of the newer catamarans are lighter and can actually go faster than some monohulls except maybe the Racing boats,” said Fordham.

David Liddell, the skipper of Wow, another Asia Catamarans creation, said, “We’ve gone up to 25 knots on Wow, sailing her in the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta in Malaysia and the King’s Cup in Thailand but winds here are light this time round and we’ll be lucky if we get up to 5 or 6 knots.”

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