Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Western Connecticut, USA
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Re: Interesting Sailboats
I bet J.P. Morgan Asset Management is delighted that Ben Ainslie set a new multi-hull record in his J.P. Morgan Asset Management AC45. That's giving the sponsor their money's worth.
And speaking of Ben Ainslie, it's quite a tribute to his incredible sailing skills that he could step out of the Finn class into a high performance multi-hull and start winning races right from the start. I suspect Oracle Racing gave him a program just to make sure they didn't have to face him at some point driving for one of the AC72 challengers.
While I've had the opportunity of racing in the Solent (on a Rob Humphreys designed boat, by coincidence), I've never done the Round the Island Race before. I need to add it to my bucket list, along with the Fastnet Race.
I thought there might be some big boat racing on my schedule this year (aside from the casual Ultra 30 outings), but so far it looks like it will be all Laser racing and perhaps a few Viper 640 regattas. Hoping to get back to San Francisco in September for the Rolex St. Francis YC Big Boat Series, if only to add to my Mt. Gay hat collection.
We deal in lead, friend.