Jul 12, 2022
Racing in a multihull-only regatta is super fun for those who prefer two or more hulls to one. Double that with the additional excitement of one-design racing. That’s what happened at the 2022 Caribbean Multihull Challenge when three Diam 24 trimarans sailed with and against each other as part of the CSA 3 class. St. Martin’s Pierre Altier is the mover-shaker sailor who spearheaded the now 5-boat Diam class on St Martin.
“I met with Vianney Ancellin, inventor of the Diam 24, in Port la Forêt, Brittany, France, in 2020,” says Altier, who started sailing Hobie 16s, opened a Hobie sailing and watersports company in French Polynesia, moved to St Martin and crewed for five-plus years on Erick Clement’s Open 40 trimaran, Dauphine Telecom – Johnny Be Good and now races the Diam 24 Cry Baby. “He let me try this one design trimaran, and I instantly fell in love with it. Since then, I have worked nonstop to make the St Martin Diam 24 fleet a reality.”
A split-second decision to race or retire when Cry Baby’s main halyard broke in Race 2, turned into an advantage when Altier’s team hauled their main with the gennaker halyard, crossed the finish line first, and won the 2022 CMC’s CSA 3 class.
“If any Diam 24 team racer is willing to ship their boat from Europe, the USA, or nearby Caribbean Island, we will do everything we can to facilitate their stay,” says Altier. “The Diam class is going to keep growing and we expect more entries for the 2023 CMC.”