Some hours later it comes a Discovery 55, a recent yacht, Oyster style. It was replaced recently by a 57. The Discovery managed to beat a very badly sailed TP 52 race boat.
But the most improbable boat to make a good transat was the one that arrived next, beating a 49ft fast catamaran, a Tournier Freydis 49, the one that come behind. It was a Acubens 656. Never heard about it? Well, the same with me. I made a search and found not much and what I found left me intrigued, at least at first. It is a steel boat built in Galicia and designed by Iñigo Echenique, also a Galician Naval engineer. Well, never heard about him either but it seems that Acubens 656 sails very well. Anyway I could not understand how a heavy steel boat could have this type or performance.
Well, there is a catch, it is not an heavy sailboat: it weights 39 500kg and carries 270m2 of sail upwind while that Oyster 655 that had arrived 1 day and 7 hours ahead weights 39000kg and has 263m2. For the little I could find about the Acubens 656 the interior is much more "naked" than the one of the Oyster so that should save some weight. Even so it is an impressive weight for a steel yacht: A middle weight yacht after all.
The Freydis 49 cat was also a surprise but for the negative. I know that this year seems to have been bad for cats (not a constant trade wind) but even so being beaten by a 40ft monohull performance cruiser (Pogo 12.50) by 10 hours? And the boat does not seem to have been badly sailed, after all is the 3rd cat finishing, after two 60fters and ahead of a much bigger Catana 58.
A nice cat the Tournier Freydis 49:
Constructeur de catamarans et multicoques à proximité de la Rochelle - Tournier-Marine