The ORCV welcomes a multihull back to ocean racing in Melbourne

PECCADILLO, owned and skippered by Charles Meredith is competing in the 2014 Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht race. Charles is also the Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria (MHYC).

The ORCV welcome's multihulls and regularly have multihulls in our longer Bay races, including the Cock of the Bay, Melbourne to Geelong passage race (the last race of the Winter Series) and our new Beyond the Bay Overnight Challenge.

Bob Tanner (previous Office Manager and current National Safety Equipment Auditor) thinks it may have been 20 years since the last multihull competed in an ORCV ocean race. He recalls OCEAN EMU did the 1994 Melbourne to Devonport Race. It certainly pre-dates any electronic records we have, so we'll have to go digging into the paper archives to confirm. If you're aware of any more recent mulithulls competing in ORCV ocean racing events, please let us know.

The Melbourne to Devonport Ocean Yacht Race is a Category 2 event and the Yachting Australia Special Regulations have different safety requirements for multihulls and monohulls.  The ORCV takes safety seriously and compliance with Yachting Australia Special Regulations for multihulls has some unique challenges. The ORCV have collaborated with MHYC regarding safety compliance aspects for multihulls and ORCV National Safety Equipment Auditors have also liaised with some of their interstate colleagues who have experience with multihulls. 

Peccadillo on its way 


Peccadillo in the Tamar 

Some brief information on PECCADILLO
Design: Chris White 46 Mk Ii
Length Over All: 14.7m
Rig: Mast Head

PECCADILLO is fast cruising catamaran, launched in 2004 and has been cruised and raced extensively in South East Australia.

PECCADILLO has some impressive race results including:

  • Overall winner and First in the multihull division in the 2011 Three Peaks Race
  • First multihull division 2014 Three Peaks Race
  • Second multihull division 2012 Three Peaks Race
  • Third multihull division 2010 Three Peaks Race
  • Second Mulithull division 2013 Adelaide-Port Lincoln Race
  • Third Mulithull division 2012 Adelaide-Port Lincoln Race
  • Line honours in the 2013 Festival of Sails Melbourne to Geelong passage race.