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Mighty Merloe Sets new Puerto Vallarta Race Record

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March 5, 2018

2 days, 3 hours, 58 minutes, 21 seconds




Howard Enloe: The Multihull Maverick

Howard Enloe isn’t your average Texan. He didn’t learn to sail on the traditional monohull path and, in fact, doesn’t sail monohulls—period.


Kate Sheahan September 16, 2014

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.

Howard Enloe is a devout multihuller. With the ORMA 60, Mighty Merloe, he’s spreading his big-multihull stoke on the West Coast.

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.


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Mighty Merloe Sets Transpac Multihull Course Record, finishing three hours ahead of Thornburg’s Phaedo 3

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.

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2017 TransPac Update: Mighty Merloe First to Finish and Sets new Race Record!

July 10, 2017 Honolulu, HI

From the TP Website:

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

Unpredictable Winds Makes a Fast N2E #70 for Two

The rest of the fleet has skills/patience tested



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.

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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.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

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.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

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.

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

“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:
Zephyrus    16:16:34
Pyewacket   16:32:58
It’s Ok         17:55:01
Flaquita       19:49:42

Photos of the start of the NOSA 2017 Newport To Ensenada Newport Beach, CA

2017 Cabo Race Videos from the TRIs

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:





2017 NHYC Cabo Race Update

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.

Multihull Results


Yellow Brick Tracker


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.




Smart Sailing: François Gabart’s Ultra-Fast Tech Lab

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.

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Ensenada Monohull Record Also Falls – Ensenada Race Wrap Up

More Impressive N2E Finishes

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ENSENADA, Mexico., April 23, 2016 – Aszhou, a 63-foot Australian-built  Reichel Pugh on its first Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race set an amazing new monohull record of 9:35:34. Like Orion in the multihull class, Aszhou destroyed the previous record by just over 1 hour and 28 minutes. With a PHRF rating of -143 however, the time will not be enough to win its class.  That honor will likely go to Medicine Man that was remarkably one of four boats in the Maxi class (including Pyewacket and Zephyrus) to best the old record.
“It was a good race with good competitors, well organized; winds were good and we had a good time,” said Aszhou’s owner Steve Meheen. He sails from both San Diego and Waikiki Yacht Clubs under the MisFits Sailing banner. Earlier this year, the 12-man crew sailed in the Puerto Vallarta Race and the Rum Runner race, winning their class in both. “It was also great to see so many boats on the water at the start. Although we expected wind earlier, we were happy to get that we got.” said Meheen. He and the crew thought the record might be possible, but no one wanted to talk about it as not to jinx their chances.


By Camp Pendleton, the boat was reportedly ahead of everyone else and they had a good long run to stretch Aszhou’s “legs.” Although this was the first N2E for Meheen on Aszhou, he has been sailing for 30 years. Admittedly he’s getting more serious about the sport. “We got what we set out to do and had a great time; fantastic, really,” he said.


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Meheen was one of many racers who reported seeing a small whale at the Newport Beach start. It might have been a good luck charm for many who saw it, including the crews of Adios, PoleDancer and Orion.
Orion Skipper Charlie Ogletree reported seeing the whale cross his bow and lots of sea life along their speedy trip Friday. They too were expecting more wind at the start. “It was light in the beginning, so it did not look good for a record-setting run,” Ogletree said. “But the winds kept building to perfect conditions; we couldn’t have asked for any better.” Onboard, the crew of seven saw an average wind speed of 19 knots, maxing at 24. They hit a top speed of 37 knots yet averaged 25.6.
Through much of Orion’s record-breaking race Friday, Ogletree said they had a great side-by-side battle with Mighty Merloe. At one point, they veered a little farther offshore and found better wind. As to the record; Ogletree thinks this one could stand for a while, given how long it took to break the old one. However, “records are meant to be broken,” he said.


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