When I posted the foiling tri video I was curious if something like this may be what you may have in mind for the story Ė some breakneck speed sailing in a somewhat fragile boat to complete the quest.
I donít remember you saying this was a sailing story. Iíve taken it to be a story that has a sailing backdrop to replace a land-based backdrop. That would mean the typical reader wouldnít be a knowledgeable sailor and therefore technical details arenít as much an issue.
In choosing a lightning fast but not bluewater tested sailboat, an author could use it to outrun a storm that might otherwise break it apart. Laying the groundwork for the reader to understand this could add to the suspense. Itís fiction. The author controls the weather too.