MACH²

SAIL # HKG 2012
OWNER RAPHAEL BLOT
COUNTRY HONG KONG
CLUB RHKYC
TYPE BANULS 60 CATAMARAN
LOA 18.28M
BEAM 8.60M
DRAUGHT 31.50M
IMAGE ROLEX / DANIEL FORSTER

 

RESULTS

YEAR RACE DIV DIV RESULT OVERALL
2018 RCSR HKPN 2 -
2016 RCSR HKPN 1 1
2013 HKVN HKPN 1 1

 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2018

Renaud Bañuls, Raphaël Jean-Marie Michel Blot, Cesar Alain Dohy, Bruno Jean Andre Laurent, Pierre Arnaud Michel Le Magnan 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016

Raphael Blot, Bruno Laurent, Cesar Dohy, Renaud Banuls, Charles Simonin

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2013

Raphael Blot, Pierre Arnaud Le Magnan, Olivier Decamps, Renaud Bañuls, Bruno Laurent, Cesar Dohy

 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016 - BOAT INFORMATION

MACH 2, a Bañuls 60 Catamaran owned by Raphael Blot for the past three years is the only multihull entered into the Rolex China race.  The all-male-all-French crew of five includes Hong Kong based Raphael Blot who is Owner, Skipper, PIC and Radio with the other four flying in from France.

Raphael is looking to repeat the performance of the HK-Vietnam Race where they were second over the line, says Blot "Behind Ragamuffin 90 and ahead of the 3 TP52s was a great result. Vietnam was too deep for us at 140-150 TWA.   The Rolex China Sea Race should give us better wind angles where multihulls show their advantage over monohulls."
  
And what is helooking forward to the most?  "The start, so we finally get to sail. We spend much more time preparing the boat and organising the logistics for the crew and delivery back than we spent actually racing down to Subic. The routings for the past month have shown 40 to 80 hours race time so let’s hope we can get there in 2 days and not 3 or more."

Raphael continues "Since we are the only multihull, as long as we finish we win our class…… In the right wind conditions, we have a shot at Line Honours but right after the Race, we will bring the boat down to Busuanga where I will pick up my family for a week of cruising around the islands. The boat will be geared up for cruising and a few hundreds kilos heavier than racing weight. This will cost us especially in light airs."

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2013 - BOAT INFORMATION

MACH² , Raphael Blot’s three month old McConaghy -built MC²60 high performance cruising catamaran designed by Renaud Bañuls, is the only multihull entered into the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race.

Joining Raphael for the Race are Hong Kong-based Pierre Arnaud Le Magnan from the Getafix days (one of Raphael’s previous boats, an X99) and Olivier Decamps. 

Renaud Bañuls, the boat’s architect and former crew on the Orma 60 Groupama with Franck Cammas, will also be sailing along with Philippe Touet, the sailmaker from Incidences, and Bruno Laurent, formerly Boat Captain of BMW Oracle trimaran and Groupama 4, the Volvo Ocean Race winner.

Raphael is hoping that his childhood friend, Thomas Coville, who happened to be the Technical Advisor for the MC²60 can join, however he is supposed to start the standby for his 4th solo round the world record attempt on 15 October on his 105ft Sodebo trimaran.

When we asked Raphael who he thought his biggest competition was going to be he said “Looks like we are the only multihull so the competition is going to be everyone in a game of cat and mouse.”

Raphael is looking forward to arriving “before some of the big names in the monohulls to show that a cruising catamaran designed for speed with four cabins, three heads, gen set, air-conditioning and all the comfort you need to go cruising in the Philippines and Thailand can go as fast as some stripped out racing monohull even though a pure downwind race is not ideal for a catamaran.”

MACH²  is the demo boat for the MC²60 and you can see images of her and find out more details about the boat here