Well, if I was at the wheel you could bet that would be risky. With two guys, one at the wheel and other at the sails it is not dangerous providing they are masters on the sailing art a bit like a rally champion can drive its rally car sliding from one side of the road to the other making in the process some curves.
These big boats have some inertia and the trimarans are a lot more forgiving than the cats and that’s why all these big offshore multihulls are trimarans. They don’t lose as much RM when they lift the hulls as the cats.
I think 60ft is a kind of limit in what regards a superior seaworthiness in what regards racing trimarans. The ones with 50ft, the Multi 50 are a lot more tricky to sail and the difference in offshore performance with bad weather is really big. Take a look at a Multi50:
Bigger Multihulls (over 60) Banque Populaire that has recently beaten the circumnavigation record are even more seaworthy. On the last “Route du Rum” Franc Cammas had done the unthinkable and sailed one of those monsters SOLO to the victory.
I have to say that I was not the only one that was baffled with that. The boat had just finished to beat the world record circumnavigation (with Cammas as skipper) and some of the crew doubted that even Cammas could not tame the monster alone.
Well I believe he tried to avoid to fly the two hulls at the same time, but he surely sailed the boat in one piece across the Atlantic leaving everybody really far behind, even the smaller 60 and 70ft trimarans. Groupama trimaran has 103ft
It is in Italian but even if you cannot read it the images say it all. The new boat is cleared influenced by Open boat hull design, it is 24cm wider, all the beam is brought back and the mast is 50cm aft comparing with the 40.
The keel is less wide and it has a saildrive, a bigger rudder, a bit less rocker and a much bigger LWL. All in all is a much more modern boat on the lines of the Oceanis 37, also designed by Finot/Conq, that is one of the most popular on their line. Time will tell if sailors will raise this one to the same level of success.
This has been a brutal race leg for 4/5 boats. Remember it is not over until the fat lady sings. More sailing to go just on this leg alone. Been a great race so far. Cannot wait until they get here to Miami. Like in NYC I will be there to meet them all and see them off.
Still rooting for Puma, but my heart is out to Groupama and hope for a speed recovery.
And since some think that a boat like the cruising Pogo is inadequate for any family to travel extensively, nothing like this movie to show that even a more radical class 40 racer can be adequate for some families to travel. They seem quite happy to me and the children seem to be loving it. They are circumnavigating.
Very nice images from the Phuket King's Cup Regatta with some interesting news: the Japanese won the 40ft boat race and that are good news. Japan has been out of the sailing scene and its growing interest in sailing is good for the sailing panorama.