Great Multihull Video

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Doug Lord, Jan 26, 2010.

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    Anyone subscribe to the Multihull Appreciation Society on facebook?...just posted. "K6 the Mad Trimaran"

    http://youtu.be/y9b9N8w4G2M

    Though I actually can't find the video on that site...so not really sure how it all works. The tri is sponsored by and named eSpeed...anyone know anything about it?
     
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    Trying to figure out the K6 design; looks Kelsall, (K6, duh) but main bow appears to be altered/shortened. Maybe like Three Legs of Mann. But the floats look too small, even for an early, minimalist, wide overall beam Kelsall. Also has a Simpson Wild Triple Arrow look about it. Anyone know?
     
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    Kelsall K6 trimaran

    Strange though it may seem, I believe the Kelsall "K6" trimaran in the video started life in 1970 as the 51ft Kelsall proa 'Sidewinder', later named 'Marram'. In 1986 I believe it was converted in North Kent, UK, into a trimaran by transforming the hull without the cabin into the two short floats. In January 1986 a boat owned by W.J. Langdon was issued a Royal Yachting Association 'M' sail number 446M called 'Slidewinder'.
    The boat went on to be renamed 'Bowline Motto' and compete in several Scottish Island Peaks Races in the 1990's owned by Phil Davies.
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    Simon:

    That's an interesting comment on K6 and a bit of a coincidence that I posted the video. I went to school in Sandwich, Kent and I think Sidewinder was moored there on the Stour. 1970s would have been the right time. Black hull cream topsides if I am remembering the same proa, quite crude.I think you could see the pattern of the glassfibre cloth quite clearly. I have searched on the www for information on Sidewinder but drawn a blank. I thought she was destined for the OSTAR but find no information or record of her on Wikipedia either for finishing or not finishing. Kelsall had his yard on the Stour (I think both Woods and Shuttleworth were interns there) for a while, so I assume that when I saw her she was moored at the Kelsall yard.

    Do you have any more information?

    Regards

    Nick
     
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    To quote from a file on www.kelsall.com:
    "Proas
    Sidewinder was inspired from sketches by a New Zealander named Taylor in
    the Amateur Yacht societies magazine. Low budget, very light, twin F[ore] and A[ft]
    masts – which did not work well. The same idea seemed to be OK on Dick
    Newick’s cheers. Sold and rebuilt a couple of times. The main hull is still
    sailing as the main hull of a tri. Derek has a picture of two men carrying the 51
    foot hull, with half decks, out of the workshop. Derek’s stories include taking
    her sailing solo in the North Sea. Capsizing a proa and having been rescued
    by a proa in the North Sea." (end of quote.)

    Sidewinder was built for the 1970 RWYC Two-Handed Round Britain Race and just made it to the start in Plymouth. The first leg to Crosshaven(Cork) was in light winds and after the first 8 boats finished there was a gap of 15 hours until Sidewinder led the rest of boats to finish the first leg. Sidewinder was retired from the race due to lack of tuning.
    Stuart Rogers entered the 1978 Round Britain Race with a proa 'Marram', to quote from the Race Programme:
    "For this race he has a much bigger craft, a 51 foot proa. The main hull of this boat started life as Sidewinder, the proa which Derek Kelsall sailed in the 1970 Round Britain. Now she has been built-up into the new Marram which is described as an Atlantic proa, with a Bruce foil under the small lee hull..."
    I believe that 'Marram' did not start the 1978 Round Britain Race.
    Marram did start a MOCRA Crystal Trophy 300mile race from Cowes around 1980.
    By 1986 'Marram' had been converted into a trimaran, later to be named 'Bowline Motto'....
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    Wow! Felt just like it did the first time...thanks
     
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    It's funny it's more local history I guess but Martyn Riley had hoped to better the Round Australia record on the Crowther Southern Ocean 50 'Raw Nerve' but when Geronimo did it's spectacular run it completely killed it for him. Geronimo was just so much faster than Raw Nerve could ever hope to be over a given distance and under any conditions.
     
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    Yes, one of my faves, gives me goosebumps.
     
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