To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts. I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken, opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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
Now its Puma that is a bit ahead of Groupama and the Spanish recovered more 30 Nm.
That is an incredible play by Telefonica: They are at only 60Nm from the leading boats at 750 Nm from the finish and from what I can see on the weather forecast they will continue to win on the next 12 hours.
Commenting on the strategy of the two leaders, Telefónica’s Andrew Cape said the close match race could play nicely into the hands of the Spanish team.
“It gives us an opportunity to sail differently. It’s certainly easier, the pressure is not there. It doesn’t matter if we lose 100 nm now, whereas if you lose that amount when you are in front it is really bad and very depressing,” Cape said.
I am starting to believe they deserve the Victory. Groupama and Puma continue tangled on their particular fight but their option for the next half a day seems not very good if compared with the one from Telefonica.
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.
The Spanish recovered more 15NM. This guys deserve to win. What a race. They are now at only 45 Nm from the first. Under the Spanish pressure that Match race between Groupama and Puma broke of and they have now different strategies.
For the moment is Groupama that is winning with its option. Won 2 miles to Puma. The boats are doing about the same speed but I think that the Spanish are going to win more miles (better position regarding the wind).
What a race for Telefonica who would have believed they could be back on the race after losing almost a day in repairs, not to mention the course deviation?
Don't miss the next actualization on the site. Hot!!!!!
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.