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post #6 of Old 10-23-2012
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Re: Old boat going fast

Yes, rather an unfortunate choice of cloth for the spinnakers - plain white would have looked nicer. :0

I'm not sure why you might think old boats travelling fast is somehow unusual. There are many old "gentleman's yachts" (we have two here racing regularly - built 1895 and 1905) that can easily out-run a modern plastic given the right wind/sea conditions.

If anything displacement yacht speeds have probably got slower as the years have passed. Doing +15kts on a large old gaffer is a pretty exhilarating ride - and God help you if you hit anything!

A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office
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