February 09, 2010

Multihulls at Amercias Cup

I'm off the Valencia soon to watch the Americas Cup. This is the first time that it has been raced by multhihulls. A catamaran against a trimaran. These are cutting edge boats for a change.

I had a prospect come sailing with me in a CATRI 24 racing/cruising trimaran once who said, when we reached 10 knots, that this was the speed that the Americas Cup boats sail at and that they go to inordinate lengths to achieve these speeds in their monohulls, speeds which are easy to achieve in a multihull. I think we reached 17 or 19 knots that day in the CATRI 24.

The Americas Cup multihulls should be reaching speeds of 30 knots and will be covering distances that will take them a long way from the spectators, I suspect. But the TV will have it covered and I'm anxious to see what sort of a hullabaloo they make of it all.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 10:52 AM