A three boat MAT1180 order for the Turkish Naval Academy has been delivered by MAT. The Naval Academy’s 3000 acre campus in Tuzla outside Istanbul includes comprehensive sailing facilities for its dinghy fleet as well as a range of larger yachts. The Academy will campaign its MAT1180’s on the competitive Turkish IRC circuit.
Bob Steele’s new MAT1180 Quest led throughout to win their class at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and with it the Australian IRC National Championships with a race to spare. The Quest team chose the deep draft option, specified a large sail plan, and added a grinder and reels to Hull 02 after it arrived in Australia to optimise for their conditions, highlighted in the footage of the first race below. Interesting Sail -World article with further details here. http://www.sail-world.com/M-A-T-1180—It-s-all-in-a-name-/137972
Never off the podium, her success across a range of windspeeds confirms the competitiveness of the new 1180 design of which 7 have been sold. An amazing sailing venue, Andrea Francolini’s great shots show off this stunning Great Barrier Reef location. In second was the evergreen DK46 Khaleesi.
Bob Steele’s new MAT1180 Quest sailing away from their class in Race 1 at Hamilton Island Race Week to an 8 minute corrected time win.
The new MAT1180 is coming together at the MAT facility outside Izmir, we will add more images as the fitout proceeds.