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Old 02-17-2014
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Downwind / upwind performance or Beamy versus Narrow hulls.

It was already sometime ago, this race that preceded the Sydney-Hobart. At the time I posted some videos but this one is so much better and so curious:

We can see how Loyal and also the two top VOR pass on the downwind leg passing by Wild Oats. The difference in speed is awesome.

Of course upwind the two smaller VOR did not stand a a chance but it seems that Loyal was almost as fast (she blew a sail and got behind). Anyway Wild Oats goes upwind like a dart.

Not easy to have a right balance between upwind and downwind performance but I still think that in most circumstances Loyal has a better balance. With lighter winds Wild Oats is the master, no doubt about that.

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2013 from Greg Wilkins on Vimeo.


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