Board Member: Michael Leneman
Michael Leneman has been racing, building, and voyaging on multihulls of all types and sizes since he was in his teens. He’s been through the entire evolution of catamarans and trimarans over the past 45 years. Like the other pioneers of multihull construction, he learned his lessons along the way. Mike is also a championship racer; four time winner of the Newport to Ensenada Race and holder of one of the best multihull racing records in Southern California. He is also the organizer and founder of the largest offshore multihull event on the West Coast, the Indian Summer Splash, an ORCA staple event.
In the early seventies Mike raced Hobie Cats and worked for Hobie Cat of France for a summer, winning the French National Championships. Upon returning, he became the Director of Sailing at the University of California at Los Angeles through the 1970s. Not limiting himself, he soon gravitated to offshore cruising/racing. By the early 1980s, he had raced the Transpac, multiple times on multihulls and then moved to multihull construction. He was able to work with multihull designer and legend Craig Ashby. Mike went on to built his current 40 foot offshore racing cat, Minette. This is the boat that held the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race record and has won the Ensenada Race four times.
Always a go fast freak, he got involved with Corsair trimarans in 1990 at the request of the owner, John Walton. In the mid-90’s he remodeled the F-31 to make it the fastest F-31 on the west coast. This proto-type then became the basis for the Corsair F-31R. He even designed the aluminum mast and rig for the production Corsair 31, as well as kayaks for local companies. Mike went on to form his own company, Multimarine and has a had a long career in multihull boat design and construction; the L-7 trimarans (23 ft.), two 32’ trailerable powercats, a 23’ trailerable powercat, a 20’ sailing/peddling catamaran, and various other small boats.
At this point with over 50,000 sailing miles of racing, and cruising in five seas and more than three decades of building experience, all of these accomplishments and experiences have not been limited to just construction, design and individual campaign racing. He has offered his knowledge back to the multihull community by severing on the ORCA board for over two decades, including serving as president for numerous years. His continued service has now reached the point to where he is one of the longest serving members in ORCA’s history.