March 5, 2018
2 days, 3 hours, 58 minutes, 21 seconds
FROM SAILING WORLD
Since its introduction in the late 1980s, the ORMA 60 trimaran has seduced the best sailors in the world, especially the solo-sailing cowboys from France. Capable of sustained speeds few powerboats can match, it’s not the sort of boat one would expect your average 78-year-old Texan to campaign, but then again, owner Howard Enloe isn’t your average Texan.
Enloe, who first saw the sea when he was 18, didn’t learn to sail on the traditional monohull path and, in fact, doesn’t sail monohulls—period. Early in his sailing career he was formally trained on a Corsair trimaran by a handful of multihull experts, including Jay Glaser, Pete Melvin, and Gino Morrelli. Now he’s got the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe, undeniably one of, if not the fastest racing sailboats registered in America.
“Enloe is a trailblazer,” says Mighty Merloe project manager and crewmember Nat Iyengar. “He has put himself out there to experience something significant, which in Enloe’s case, is extreme speed.”
An engineer by training, and the owner/operator of an ambulance service in El Paso, Tex., Enloe has been nurturing the development of big multihulls for decades.
From the North Sails Website:
When HL Enloe brought his Orma 60, Mighty Merloe, to California, he set a new bar for speed that was not only striking but rather inconvenient. “In the beginning, we convinced race committees to let us enter, and not surprisingly we’d reach the finish line days ahead of the fleet. With no witnesses present, we called in our finish time and that was that,” recalled Steve Calder, a long-time crew member on Mighty Merloe and a sail designer at North Sails.
Now five years later, the SoCal offshore racing scene is fully onboard. Under yesterday’s afternoon sun, Mighty Merloe sailed the last hundred miles to Hawaii to finish the 2017 Transpac Race first in a class of five maxi trimarans, setting a new elapsed time-to-beat for multihulls: 4 days, 7 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
“The enthusiasm Enloe has put into this program really opened a door to multihull sailing in Southern California,” said Patrick Murray, the North Sails Expert in San Diego, who manages the inventory for Mighty Merloe.”
“This is an important record because it will be hard to break, but also because the team has put in so much these past few years. The Transpac Record has been an important goal for everyone.”
Together, Patrick and Steve Calder spend time sailing with the crew and then use the North design tools to maximize the Orma 60’s performance potential.
Photo Credit: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing
July 10, 2017 Honolulu, HI
Congratulations to HL Enloe and the crew of the ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe, the first to finish in the 2017 Transpac Race, and new holders of the multihull Transpac Race record elapsed time! Mighty Merloe has been racing just about every west coast offshore event for the last few years, often with no multihull competition to measure themselves against. Getting the opportunity to welcome Phaedo3 and Maserati to the west coast, go head to head against them and come out on top is a dream come true for Enloe’s team. We’ll hear more from them shortly.
Enloe sailed this year’s Transpac with his team of Steve Calder (Main Trimmer), Jay Davis (Bowman), Artie Means (Navigator), Loïck Peyron (Helm), Franck Proffit (Helm), Will Suto (Grinder), Jacques Vincent (Co-Skipper).
Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line under helicopter escort at 17:03:30 (HST) on Monday, July 10th. Their elapsed time of 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes, 30 Seconds beats the 20 year old record of Bruno Peyron’s Commodore Explorer by more than a day, previously set at 5 days 9 hours 18 min and 26 secs.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Green, Ultimate Sailing
ENSENADA, Mexico, April 29, 2017 – The days when you could be on the water in Newport Beach for the start of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, then drive south in time to see the first boats finish is officially over.
Two years in a row now, heavy Friday afternoon traffic south of Encinitas, backups at the border plus a pit stop for insurance and gas have hindered the timely arrival of photographers and volunteers. “Who would have thought a sailboat could make it to Ensenada faster than a car?” questioned Jr. Staff Commodore Dave Shockley.
Lloyd Thornburg’s, MOD70 Phaedo3 and Howard Enloe’s ORMA60 Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line of the 70th annual N2E with times of 5:45:52 and 5:49:28 respectively. No records were broken this year but amazing that after 125 miles, they finished by only 3:56 apart! Also impressive is that Mighty Merloe, that has previously claimed best elapsed time honors, made it with only a 12 minutes and 30 second difference than last year! Congratulations to both teams for a great run.
It was so windy in here yesterday afternoon, creating a hazy visibility; the Port Captain closed the port to outgoing traffic. But winds here did little for the rest of the fleet; many of which got caught in doldrums at or just south of San Diego.
Despite Friday starting with a wind advisory for the Huntington Beach area winds dissipated as boats converged on the start at 10:30 a.m. By 12:30 p.m.and the final start, big swells remained but wind had slowed to between just 6-8 knots.
By 7 a.m., only 18 boats had crossed the finish line. Last years’ monohull record-breaker Aszhou, Steve Maheen’s 63 Reichel Pugh clocked in with a time of 15:06:14.
Bill Gibbs Wahoo, last year’s Tommy Bahama Trophy winner for best corrected time, all boats, arrived with a time of 18:53:01.
By 10:30 a.m., only boats in PHRF A had an arrival or two, all others were in transit. All Fast 50s were accounted for.
Those who were slowly converging on the courtyard at the Coral Hotel and Marina reported big swells and spotty wind. A slow bumpy night, said a few. The crew of Encore II reported changing its sails 15 times. Incoming reports from many sailors coincided, in the struggle for wind; they used every sail on board in hopes of finding one that provided an edge.
“Spotty winds – this is sailboat racing. But you’ll be able to relax and have a good time once you are here,” said Commodore Tom Kennedy.
Other unofficial times are:
It’s Ok 17:55:01
A couple of videos taken from the big trimarans The Mighty Merloe and Phaedo 3 in their recent race to Cabo. Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 took line honours and 1st in class during the 2017 Cabo Race. They had a fantastic race with Mighty Merloe, swapping places between 1st and 2nd as they descended West of the Baha Peninsula.
From The Mighty Merloe:
From Phaedo 3:
The globetrotting Mod 70 Phaedo 3 took line honors in this year’s NHYC Cabo Race finishing yesterday afternoon at 3:42pm. The Orma 60 Mighty Merloe finished less than 2 hours later at 5:29pm.
All but 6 of the 21 boat fleet dropped out early in this year’s event due to to extreme light air. Three boats remain out on the course: Grand Illusion and Holua have about 34 and 38 miles to go. Horizon has about 180 miles to go.
From IQ by Intel:
New sports technology continues to enhance athlete performances, make equipment lighter and more efficient, and crush records once thought unbreakable.
French yachtsman François Gabart’s 100-foot- long ‘Ultime’ class trimaran, sponsored by French insurance group MACIF, is one of the world’s fastest racing yachts. This high-tech sailboat hit the water last summer after an 18-month build that required 100,000 human-hours of work. As its name suggests, it is the ultimate sailing machine.