What can I say? it is evident and already proved that this shape of hull can generate more power and be faster downwind so it will be a very suceseful sailboat on a 95% downwind race, if well designed, and I have no doubts that Reichel / Pugh will not miss it. So we have a winner.
Well, I guess that I am more an upwind man, so I don't have to like it
Curiously the boat is relatively narrow, will have a very small wet surface and a very good performance in light winds. I wonder if a hull shape like the one of the last 100ft from Finot, more beamier, will not be faster with stronger winds. This is not a race boat but I can imagine a race boat along those lines for racing downwind on the trade winds.. It would be hugely powerful and even if not particularly fast upwind or with light winds, on the the trade winds should be quite a rocket. Curiously, even if much more beamier I like more the hull shape, specially the bow