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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
In an interview in Alameda several days before the accident, Max Sirena, the skipper of Luna Rossa, explained his own comfort zone in an AC72 after his team’s extensive training in its yacht in Auckland.

“Over 20 knots, it’s a completely different game, I can tell you that,” Sirena said. “For sure, you enjoy sailing these boats up to 18, 19 knots.

“Over 20, you start to be scared about the boat, because they are super powerful. Over 20 knots, you just cannot depower the boat as much as you want.”


Interesting comments. I wonder how much of that issue is related to the wing sail, and how much is related to it being a foiling boat without articulating foils (limiting its handling characteristics), namely the winglets on the rudders. (???)

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