Ullman Sails takes back-to-back Multihull Racing wins
DEFENDING Airlie Beach Race Week Multihull Racing champions Ullman Sails has retained the crown following the final day of racing on Thursday.
Taking six wins from seven starts, the five-man crew comprising Clayton Matthews, Shane Smith, Hayden Turnbull, Aaron Linton and skippered by Paul Mitchell blew the competition away.
They look poised to achieve a clean sweep coming into the penultimate day on racing on Wednesday.
However, a protest entered by the Airlie Beach Race Week committee lodged during Race 6 alleged Ullman Sails used its motor after the prep signal.
The boat will not receive a score for Wednesday's race.
Nearest rival Moticia took the race win ahead of Dirty Deeds.
Mitchell downplayed the probability of a perfect score at the six-day regatta on Tuesday.
"I don't want to say 'yeah we are going to win the next two races' but we are definitely in a position now that we have got the regatta pretty much sewn up," he said.
"It's pretty hard for us to lose it from here."
In a recent story, published by Sailing World, Mitchell was asked if the team was unbeatable. The skipper responded by saying "we are definitely not unbeatable, everyone is beatable".
Nearest rivals Morticia, skippered by Paul's older brother Dale, are coming to grips with recent modifications to the boat.
They never really threatened Ullman Sails, though Morticia did place second in every race.
Mitchell said he didn't expect to place so well this year but indicated the race wins had come off the back of hard work.
"We have been pushing the boat pretty hard and have made some modifications since last year which are helping as well," he said.
Mitchell said he enjoyed conditions that produced good boat speed even if the breeze during windward and leeward racing on Tuesday pushed the boat to its limit.
Coming back after the protest on Wednesday Ullman Sails on the last race of the regatta once again dominated to cross the finish line about 13 seconds ahead of Morticia and Ave Gitana took third