PENSACOLA, FLORIDA (October 8, 2023) – Bruce Mahoney claimed the 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship, sailed from October 4-8 in the A Class Classic catamaran at Pensacola Yacht Club. Mahoney was at the top of the fleet out of the gate, winning the first four races of the event, and going on to win six of the eight total races.
“It was a good week of sailing, it’s great to be here,” said Mahoney. “I did a lot of prep at home, getting the sails to be the way I thought they should be – they’re probably a lot flatter than most of the fleet, and it felt good to know they’re fast! This regatta was all about set up and gear changes.”
He was followed in the scores by Bob Hodges, who took second with 21 points. Rounding out the podium in third was Christopher Brown with 26 points.
“It’s great to be back and part of the championship,” said A Class President Bob Webbon. “This is a spectacular venue, it’s obvious the club and the city of Pensacola are going out of their way to embrace sailing which is a super positive thing for everyone. It’s great to have such an inviting host. Thanks to US Sailing and the committee who put so much work into hosting this championship.”
The championship saw a wide range of conditions, challenging every sailor. Thursday benefited the light air masters in the fleet, where the race committee was able to run three races. Racing on Friday was cancelled due to light winds, but racing picked back up on Saturday and Sunday in champagne conditions to close out the eight-race series.
“Sailors have had practically every condition they could possibly have, from barely enough wind to almost too much wind for them to function. It’s been a good contest,” said Hal Smith, Principal Race Officer. “It’s always great to work with US Sailing because you are an entity who knows and understands the sport – working with the Multihull Committee has been terrific.”
US Sailing would like to thank host Pensacola Yacht Club and national sponsor Gill Marine for their support of the 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship.