Spellbound’s Fast Cat Condo Racing

Jul 12, 2022


Success on one hull has translated to two for St. Maarten’s Ian Martin. The South African native who races his Leopard 45, Spellbound, in the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) boasts an impressive monohull resume. He’s sailed from Cape Town to the Caribbean, competed in the Whitbread Round the World Race, and, with his brother John, set a Guinness Book of World Records for the fasted elapsed time in a double-handed transatlantic race. Martin’s cat life started in 2015, when he bought the hurricane-damaged Spellbound, repaired her, and put her into day charter.

“When sailing her we realized she is a good sailing cat and decided to go to Foxies Cat Fight in the BVI, which we won and had so much fun we went back and did it again. Then we entered the St. Maarten Heineken, placed, and decided we’d better give the CMC a go the next year,” says Martin.

Martin has since posted one win and two second-place finishes in the three years he and his fellow competitors have raced in CSA 2.

“While we call it the ‘Condo class,’ competition has been fierce at times with Georges (Coutu) from the Dominican Republic on his 50-foot cruising catamaran, La Novia, and St. Maarten’s Petro Jonker on his Leopard 47, Seaduction, pushing these boats to their limits. This year we hit a top speed of 17.3 knots in a ‘condo,’ says Martin.