Well it certainly looks good in this shot by Erik Simonson from last weekend’s Delta Ditch Run, but the jury is still out on the new Santa Cruz 37. Mixed early race results have left an incomplete picture about just how fast the boat is or isn’t. We got in touch with designer Tim Kernan for his thoughts:
" It’s pretty easy to get the boat into sustained 17 kt plus boatspeeds even without a swell. The guys up in the bay are doing those speeds all day long. For a 37 footer with an oven and an electric toilet I’d put that in the fast category. Stuart Hawthorne had his going 22 kts plus with no swell in the Solent – you’re probably not doing those kind of speeds in your Beneteau. In a swell I’d say high twenties are possible- I’m doing the Coastal Cup next week on Steve Stroub’s boat so hopefully I can verify that. It does solid tight 7.2’s upwind, reaches like a banshee in all conditions, goes great in light air, and keeps the beers cold in the fridge. It gets tooled under IRC for WL courses – no surprise there. And we’re working on some developments for IRC, including an E-glass version (which is also about 60k less).