Multichine 28 Access sailing in the Pacific
Finally a MC 28 crossed the Panamá Canal bound for the South Pacific islands. This pioneer is Access, belonging to Flavio Bezerra, the member of the MC 28 club who went farther away from its origins until now. Even though we have other MC28 navigating or being built in countries washed by this ocean, from the west coast of the US to New Zealand, this was the first time, as far as we know, that a boat of the class crossed the Panama Canal.
The Multichine 28 Fiu was being prepared to sail to the Pacific when it happened a change of plans and the boat was sold to the Canadian/Brazilian Roberto Roque. This photo was taken by a friend from the distant Azores, Pedro Pinto, when he paid us a visit in Rio de Janeiro. The photo shows Pedro Pinto (left), his wife, a couple of friends, and Roberto Barros (right) inside Fiu’s cabin. Courtesy: Pedro Pinto.
Flavio spent the last few years living aboard Access staying for most of the time in Antigua and Saint Martin, making a living doing delivery trips, mainly to Europe, this being the perfect way for him to replenish his kitty, since he is a licensed captain and an experienced sailor. During the time he spent in the Caribbean he made sufficient cash for the acquisition of a diesel engine, since he left Rio without having auxiliary propulsion, sailing around for all this time counting on the wind only. He knew that to go ahead with his trip, auxiliary propulsion would represent a substantial increase in reliability, and now he feels safer to go to wherever he wants. So it is no big surprise to know that Access is already in the Pacific, ready to sail to the other side of the world. Access’s trip is a great incentive for other owners of boats of the class who are willing to do extended voyages. Since we developed the project of the MC 28 to be the ultimate cruising sailboat of its size, getting to know about Access achievements is quite rewarding for us.
Forty-four years ago the 25 foot Sea Bird was the first sailboat with the Brazilian flag to cross the Pacific and reach French Polynesia. (You can read this story in the free book “Rio to Polynesia” published in our site with link from our front page, lower left corner). From then on many other boats from our design have done this passage, most of them accomplishing round the world trips, however it was still missing a member of the MC 28 class, the boat we designed and built having in mind to return to the place where we had been so happy, to do that crossing. In this photo Eileen Barros is bathing in this placid stream of pristine waters in the interior of Hiva-Oa, Marquises Islands. Photo: Roberto Barros.
Flavio posted some photos of himself surfing the waves of St Catalina, Panama West Coast, in Face Book, and that way we learned that our friend is quite active. We sent him an e-mail asking him to tell us the latest news, however the way he is “busy”, it will be difficult that he answers us.
Flavio Araujo Bezerra surfing at St. Catalina, Panama West Coast. From now on it will be difficult for Flavio to control his itchy feet. Courtesy: Flavio Bezerra.
There are so many MC 28 being built, or already sailing, that we are pretty confident to be informing about other adventures with boats of the class in the near future. Our clients are unanimous in assuring that the MC 28 is a very comfortable and easy to be sailed offshore sailboat, a good example being Fiu, now Stella del Fioravante. Beto Roque, the new owner, went sailing single-handed a few months after acquiring the boat in a one thousand miles trip, from Florianópolis to Rio de Janeiro, and back. Other MC28, like Utopia, Vagamundo and Atairu, also made long distance trips, but up to now nobody went so far as Flavio did.
Flavio lived the beachcomber life he nurtured for so long, having English Harbour, Antigua, as the place he chose to be his base during the stay in the Caribbean. He made many friends among the international cruising community and became a very well known cruising sailor. Courtesy: Flavio Bezerra.
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