Regular readers of ‘Lectronic Latitude may recall that we reported on the capsize of Greg Slyngstad’s catamaran Fujin back in February. The Seattle sailor’s Bieker 53 was racing in the wild RORC Caribbean 600 when she flipped during the first night of the race in 30- to 40-knot wind. The crew escaped injury, and Sabans towed Fujin, upside down, to nearby Saba Island.
We’re pleased to report that the swift cat is now back in the water and entered in the new Caribbean Multihull Challenge, a brand-new regatta. Sint Maarten Yacht Club will host the event on February 8-10. Slyngstad entered early. Herb McCormick, a former editor at Latitude 38, posted an update about Fujin on St. Maarten YC’s website. “Following a complete refit in Antigua that included a new rig, new electronics and new engines, Fujin will return to the racecourse for the first time in St. Maarten during the Caribbean Multihull Challenge,” wrote Herb. You can read his full report here.
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge welcomes racing catamarans and trimarans as well as chartered cats and cruising multihulls. Sixteen boats were signed up as of this morning. For info, see www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge.