The M32 class road show hits the road >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

There are examples of top class racing where just enough boats have been sold to provide elite professional level competition as long as everyone shows up in the same place at the same time. Matching this description in the United States is the M32 class.

During the winter months, the center of activity is Miami on Biscayne Bay, with up to ten catamarans competing in the M32 Miami Winter Series 2022 for three events (see photos). Their base was the Shake-A-Leg facility in Coconut Grove in which members of the M32 class donated 6 figures.

The US fleet is now moving north for the 3-event Midtown Cup culminating in the North American Championship in Newport, RI. Racing begins in June and the class will be hosted by the Midtown Racing Club, with its unique location in downtown Newport, a short distance from the Midtown Oyster Bar.

The schedule is set so that the US fleet will depart after the final event to meet the European boats at the 2022 M32 World Championship to be held October 3-9 in Cascais, Portugal.

Taking a page from the One Design class playbook, the majority of American members have set foot in the class via the M32 demo boat, with Jakob Wilson leading the M32 Academy and the boat program from demonstration.

“We have a well-developed program that transitions keelboats to multihulls,” explained Wilson. “A four-person sportboat team, usually J/70 or Melges 24, shows up for a 2-3 day clinic. With a focus on safety and the essentials of M32 and multihull sailing, we can over a weekend bring sailors, owners and crew up to speed to compete on the M32 series.

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