Okay - so here's the deal. I've been carefully following the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race. I'm a huge VOR fan. But the AC has honed in on something....
...and that something is SPEED.
VOR is going crazy trying to figure out how to build a fast mono that won't break.
But then you have guys like Loick Peyron blowin' world records in the Jules Verne...on a multi...
So, I gotta get me some of that.
Some idiots spend tens of thousands of dollars on AI-impregnated-carbon-kevlar-titanium-kryptonite sails for their monohulls - assuming that will make them win. But they're still slow and never grab the pickle dish. And that's just pathetic.
That's why I bought this horribly crappy beach cat.
It's a Spirit 17 that needs so much work it's not even funny. But it'll splash.
The nice thing is - it's the first step in my long-term plan of humiliating Monsieur Peyron.
Just wait pal. You sail your little AC45 like a bat out of hell. But be watching over your shoulder for a '70's vintage, rainbow regaled, beach cat clawing up your butt. That'll be me, dude.
In the mean time, I'll keep you SiNciters informed of our progress. It's going to be slow and painful...just look at these wooden rudders...
So...anyone else tempted by the siren call of hauling A$$?
(PS - no monohulls - specifically a C27 - were harmed in the production of this post. I still sail the Smacktanic.