Europe was the forefront of multihull technology, so in 1984, I hired noted designer John Shuttleworth to design Damiana, a 42’ cruiser/racer version of his record setting 60’ singled-handed transatlantic racing trimaran. The boat was built in England, and there began my new life in the fast lane of sailing! She was built of airex foam/carbon/Kevlar compositevery strong, and with a beautiful wood veneer interior finish. I enjoyed a great year of cruising her back home to California.
Now, with a fast boat and some experience, it was time to go racing, which I’ve been doing ever since! After a fast nine and a half day third place finish with Damiana in the crewed 1987 Multihull Open Transpac to Honolulu, we sailed Damiana all the way back to England for the start of the Carlsberg Single-handed Transatlantic Race in June 1988. I finished first in class 3 in 19 and a half days to Newport, Rhode Island., which fueled my fire for more ocean racing in a high speed racing machine.
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