Originally Posted by Morild
But I agree it was never a pure one design event, but it pushed some interesting innovation, maybe it still does. I am just not being thrilled by the whole "crazy-cat" thing these days.
The problem with the AC monohulls was that while the boats should have represented the pinnacle of sailboat technology and speed they were in fact overall relatively slow boats. They were fast upwind but really slow downwind and they could not be sailed with strong winds.
I guess that conservatives had keep them that way for too much time and when they were overcome....the change for multihulls was inevitable.
The old AC monohulls, I mean the last ones, could be beaten in pure speed by several racing monohulls of the same size. The same cannot be said regarding the AC 72. They are the fastest sailboats around and that's how it should be in my opinion.