Originally Posted by blt2ski
Just goes to show, a well designed boat will go over, but not fill with water etc. Try that with a typical boat used/recomended on here for cruising, and it would be sinking or sunk about now. Paulo will also know the skipper. But the first one looks like someone that races and does very well in SH/DH style ocean races in boats of this type, so can and does use sails that many would consider crazy. Ive seen another vid with this boat doing 20+ with a main and jib in 40knot conditions. Amazing fun looking boat.
Marty, all are professional sailors and do that for a living, I mean sailing fast and racing those or other sailboats.
They are training and exploring the limits of the boats or exaggerating for the photo. That boat is a boat used for solo or duo sailing in offshore races and transats.
On a real race they would go very fast but they would not take that kind of risks. Well, not really risks except the first one that is quite unusual on that type of boat, the second one happens frequently when the boat simply has too much sail for the autopilot. It is normally a not dangerous situation on those boats (that have a very good stability) just a warning from the boat to the skipper, something like this : "You stupid ass...reduce sail right now!!!!!
Those boats have also several spinnakers and they are using a medium one in circumstances were they would use normally a smaller one.
Flying a spinnaker in heavy weather is possible, if the spinnaker is adequate and if you have an expert crew to make weight where it is needed (that's the problem with the first video), to take care of all the lines and steer the boat. Even so it is a bit of an acrobatic act. Of course it all depends of what you call heavy.
Regarding boats, the ones that have as genesis Open boats like the Pogo 12.50 or a class 40 racer can be slower but much more easy to control on those circumstances and that allows them to do that with a small crew. Boats like a Ker 40, Farr 400 or a J122 can be faster but demand a much bigger and more expert crew and are a lot less suited to be left on autopilot.
Anyway, no mater the boat you have to be a dam good sailor to do it and have the rightly sized spinnaker.