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Anarchist yl75 caught a juicy little tidbit in the very latest edition of french sailing rag Voiles & Voiliers about the next America’s Cup.  The French editors are typically quite credible, and while this rumor stretches the bounds of reality a bit, it actually gybes with what we’ve heard: A giant, lead-free beast that will be tough to keep from falling over in light air, while foils will create righting moment to deal with the forces in the heavy.  Here’s the translation of the French piece:

“From a well-informed source, we can already announce that the AC75 will have a total beam of 18 meters (due to gigantic foils) and no keel, for a total displacement of 5 tons.  Imagine a 75-foot sailing dinghy flying over the water with the possibility of capsizing…”

Read more in the AC Anarchy thread.


October 28th, 2017 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.08.55 PMThe world’s biggest sailboat pulled out of St. Barth’s Bucket after just one day of racing, and we now hear that owner Jim Clark’s other boat – the world’s fastest monohull Comanche – is currently in second-to-last place at what we think may be her last regatta…ever.

Considering the ultra-high profile nature of the Comanche campaign run by North Sails President Kenny Read, and the fact that the big VPLP maxi is likely to be one of the last, if not the last purpose-designed record breaking monohull ever built, everyone in the sport seems interested in the reasons behind the sudden and mysterious end of an era barely begun. There are some rumors….

We’ve got emails out to the crew (some of whom are allegedly quite angry that they’re out of a job) and will let you know when we get more info.  Know more about this multi-source rumor?  Send us a note or post up in the thread. Photo © RORC/Emma Louise Wyn Jones


April 13th, 2016 by admin