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T35 catamaran in Bermuda

 

 

Start of 1998 Round Britain race

 

 

Al helming Formula 40

 

 

Al racing Firebird 'Orion' against Whitbread 60

 

 

Delivering Ellen MacArthur's Open60 Kingfisher

 

 

Club Med 110ft

 

 

Al on Extreme 40

 

Al Wood sailing Dragonfly 35

 

Multihull Solutions Ltd was established in 2005 by Al Wood, who is experienced in both designing and racing multihulls. Since building a Mirror dinghy at the age of 14, he has sailed over 25,000 miles offshore from Canada and the east coast of the USA to the Adriatic, including an Atlantic crossing and 2x Round Britain & Ireland races on high-performance multihulls, and is passionate about fast multihull sailing and racing.


Qualifying as an industrial designer led to a career in marine design, working for clients including Fairline, Broom Boats, Falcon, Northshore and KKG. He also co-organised an international seminar on offshore multihull racing, and designed a custom 36ft wheelchair-accessible catamaran for the UK charity Disabled Sailors Association. He has also undertaken projects for Ellen MacArthur’s Offshore Challenges and the Volvo Round the World Race.


Al has sailed a huge variety of boats including most production cruising multihull brands plus many custom designs, from micro-multihulls to the spectacular Extreme 40 and 100+ft maxi-catamarans (and even the odd monohull!).

Racing results on a variety of catamarans and trimarans from 26ft to 50ft include:

1998 RWYC 2-handed Round Britain - Class V winners

2000 Scottish Islands Peaks - race record held 10 years

2000 Bol d'Or (Lake Geneva) 10th place out of 600 on production Firebird catamaran in 9hrs 52mins

2000 RORC Round Britain - line honours and class win

2001 RORC Cervantes Trophy - line honours in 34ft trimaran

2001 RORC Cowes-St Malo - Multihull class winner

+ many Round the Island races, including class wins.

 

When the time came to own a multihull for both family cruising and club racing, Al's experience of all the major brands of multihull left only one boat in the running: a Dragonfly.

 

After several years sailing this first Dragonfly (see top of the page), Al was delighted to accept Jens Quorning's invitation to become the UK dealer for Dragonfly trimarans in 2005, since when he's owned, raced and cruised many more Dragonfly trimarans with his young family.

We are always willing to talk multihulls, so if there is any advice you require, please drop us a line or call us on:

01243 370707

 

Multihull Solutions Ltd is registered at:

16 Clovelly Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7HL UK.

Registered Company no: 5540449

 

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