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Re: Sydney Hobart Record
Certainly no-one here gives a ..(insert appropriate expression here).. whether it's a monohull or a multi-hull that holds the "record".
Hartley that is not the point. Multihulls are faster period! In fact I believe that the same way you have records for men and women in athletics (because men are faster) you should have in what regards records, record times for multihulls and record times for multihulls. It makes no sense to say that a Multihull beat a Monohull record the same way that does not make sense in athletics to say that a man "smashed" a women's record.
That is why in what regards sail racing you have two different classifications, one for multihulls and other for monohulls. That does not happen officially in what regards records but unofficially everybody talks about records for monohulls and multihulls and there are attempts to beat monohull previous records:
Have a look:
Maserati New York to San Francisco Voyage - Record-breaker
Sail-World.com : Maserati New York to San Francisco Voyage - Record-breaker
Sailboat Crew Breaks Speed Record in NY-to-SF Voyage
Sailboat Crew Breaks Speed Record in NY-to-SF Voyage | Playbook | Wired.com
In fact, officially they did not break any record because the official record is a multihull record that they knew it was impossible to break. what they were attempting was to beat the monohull record and they managed by large.
I believe it will be a question of time to have officially a record differentiation for monohulls and multihulls the same way we have a differentiation for solo or crewed records. In fact that differentiation exists already, there are records for the two categories and it will only be a question of time before it will become official.
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