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post #7 of Old 12-01-2012
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Re: Vendee Globe

Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
Well there you go, not the most obvious place for a discussion about a single handed race. I guess they are indeed interesting sailboats though, 30 knots in a 50ft boat all by yourself in the middle of the southern ocean. That counts as interesting. Or insane. One of those two.
60ft, not 50ft...and interesting is the word. That race has decades and along that time boats have been perfected not only to be fast but also to handle those conditions solo sailed. The best part is that the same designers that design those boats are the same designers that design mass production European boats and what they learned there is being transferred to cruising boats, allowing for easier to sail boats, boats that sail with less heel, more stable boats able to be solo sailed too. Those boats (Open60's) are at this moment the biggest influence on modern cruising boats and all main European mass production boats have many characteristics that were tried with sucess there first.


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