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Jim Clark's new 100ft VPLP designed 100ft
Talking the absence of really top sailboats in the USA, that's going to change due to this baby:
Jim Clark's new Maxi will be designed by VPLP one of the main racing designers in Europe (the ones that with Verdier designed the winner of the last Vendee Globe) and will feature the looks of a big Open boat.
Things seem to be changing in Us in what regards millionaires, sailing and top racing boats: George David the ownert of that older 90ft boat (Rambler) that was defeated on the Caribbean 600 by two more modern 70fters, has a new 80 ft maxi being built at New England Boatworks, a Juan K design.
Also a new WallyCento, designed by Reichel Pugh is being built at Green Marine.
One difference remains to Europe, not in what regards big cruiser racers like the wally cento but in what regards truly racing boats like the one in the picture: They are not owned by multimillionaires and sailed by them but owned by sponsors and sailed by the best professional sailors. That explains the much bigger number of true top racing sailing boats in Europe. I hope that after the big success of the America's cup things start to change on that direction. Sailing needs America to be more into sail racing at top level and I hope this new boat is just the beginning.
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Last edited by PCP; 02-27-2014 at 10:18 AM.