Archive for July, 2009

C-class catamaran

Monday, July 27th, 2009
C-class catamaran

C-class catamaran

High tech sailing at its extreme is described in a very interesting article by Steve Killing which was presented at the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, March 2009. The article is available at in the section on articles and books.

Steve describes the design and construction of a winning C-class catamaran. Apparently the only rules for these boats are the requirements that they fit in a box that is 25 feet long and 14 feet wide, and that they have 300 feet of sail.

Lack of any other rules allows carbon composite materials and a very light hull. The sail is a “wing” rather than ordinary cloth. The mast is very tall. Sailing these boast is challenging, but they are very fast.

Although few of us will ever be able to sail or afford one ot these boats, they represent truly impressive technology.

Blame John Hudson

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Can you sail in a vacuum?

Yes, but it sucks.

Zac Sunderland

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Zac completed a sailboat trip around the world on July 16, 2009. He was only 16 when he started the trip, and the youngest so far.

Another way to lose a race

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Starting boats

The north wind was fickle. Wind is always fickle, as indicated by the grouchy wind god in the picture. In its attempt to annoy sailors, the wind switched from north to northwest just before the start of a race. Starting on port tack isĀ  OK, except an annoying starboard tack boat (in green) is attempting to sail down the line. Having little bravery and even less rights, the red boat ended up behind the green boat, and never had a chance to catch up.