- 14 Aug 2016
- Me in Cowes, boat in Arzal-Camoel
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I think its been a long time since AC boats were designed for open seaAre they seagoing craft or just for use in sheltered waters?
Um, these boats have never raced yet. The first ever time you'll see them racing is in December.Any time I've managed to catch the racing these boats are foiling the whole race, the only time they touch down is when a mistake has been made.
I did wonder myself what the protrusion was there for though
Yep, and they will only foil through the tacks at the upper end of the wind range. If your hull touches the water then the lower-drag hull form will lose less speed, and get back onto the foils earlier. Could be worth a boat length or two per tack. Clearly this is at the expense of aerodynamic drag and therefore ultimate top speed.Um, these boats have never raced yet. The first ever time you'll see them racing is in December.