catamarans vs. monohulls for the America’s Cup

close racing upwind

close racing downwind

“C” class match racing

“C” class fleet start

After watching yesterday’s performance by the women match racing it is hard to imagine that if they had been sailing catamarans could have been as close. As intense certainly, but even after having watched the “C” class cats a few weeks earlier, which are small and quite maneuvreable, they accelerate quickly with the wing sails; I am not yet ready to accede to the notion that match racing in catamarans would be as nimble. I will also agree that it is essentially uncharted territory. We have had a very long time to develop strategies in monohulls.
   We will not turn back the clock. The next America’s Cup will be in catamarans. This is a decision that may well effect the future of sailing as we know it today.

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ws lirakis

a sailor who carries a camera

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