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German YACHT magazine tested the SF3600 at 15-20kn: The had 7,1kn at 40° true, over 10 at 90°, 11,5 at 130° and 8,5 at 180...
That compares with what the French had measured:
15K trw downwind with spy asymmetric - 8.9K speed
15K trw 38º of trw - 7.2K
The speed downwind seems to be a bit worse but the French sailed with 15K ahd the Germans with 15/20K . The boat starts to plan with about 14K of wind so those extra 5K of wind seems to be all that is needed for the boat to enter double digit speeds.
Regarding the boat design criteria a nice explanation by Erik Stromberg one of the main man from Jeanneau in what regards sail design and product specifications. Erik is also a good sailor and the last time I saw him he was linked to Jeanneau America. For what I understand there are good chances that Jeanneau decides to commercialize the SF 3600 in the USA.
Also another movie showing around the SF 3600:
and just some movies with the SF3200. The SF3600 will not only be faster but by what Erik says a better boat in crewed racing:
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