And another race, this one a veeery popular one, the Round the Island Race, with all kinds of interesting sailboats. With more than 1900
you have to have all kinds of sail boats
. very nice movies with all kind of boats and the results can give us some base of comparison between boats for the race conditions: windy and with waves.
YouTube - J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2011 Start Vodcast
YouTube - Start footage from the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2011
YouTube - J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2011 Needles heli footage
YouTube - J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2011 Back of Island action footage
As usual I am not interested in compensated results but in pure performance for size. For the record let me tell you that in compensated, among a multitude of racing boats, the winner was a Contessa 26
and that in the first 10 places there was 5 slow boats: the 4th, 8th and 9th were Folk boats and the 5th was a Laurent Giles 1984 wooden boat. This only means that those boats have a huuuuuge handicap and that work well under those circumstances.
Saying that the Contessa 26 time is unbelievably good with a real time of 8 hours and 19 minutes.
The fastest boat was a Multi50 class Trimaran with 3.50 and the fastest monohull a TP 52 with 4.43.
I hear lot's of guys saying that the TP 52 are downwind boats but this one has beaten clearly in real time a 2000 Farr 52, supposedly a better upwind boat (4.55).
Another interesting point: Several Class 40 racing. How do they perform in real time in mixed conditions compared with other 40ft boats?
Best class 40 a Akilaria with 6.36 than a Jumbo with 6.54 and a Pogo with 7.38. Not famous results if compared with other 40 racing boats: Ker 11.3 - 6.19; J 111 - 5.59; Benetau Figaro II - 6.36 and 6.44 . And even the best cruiser racers were able to do better or equal: King 40 - 6.03; Sydney 39 - 6.18; J 122 - 6.25 and 6.50; A40rc - 6.37; Ker 39 - 6.27; First 40 - 6.43 and 6.49; Comet 41 - 6.56; Elan 410 - 7.0 -7.0 and 7.42.
The conclusion I have taken some posts back regarding the performance of the 40 class boats seem accurate: They are unbeatable for their size on the trade winds in a Transat but put them in offshore coastal conditions and they are equal or slower comparing with more traditional boats.
Regarding cruising versions I think it will be the same, Pogo 12.50 versus First 40 or Salona 41. On coastal conditions the Pogo will not average a better speed.
More to come about more cruising oriented boats and the relative differences to performance boats.
Feel free to comment. I would be more than happy to discuss this. I am trying to have a justified opinion about the performance of different kinds of fast boats with different hull and ballast options.