During the just completed World Series, the AC 45s with wing mains hit speeds in the low 20s.
While sailing in the same conditions aboard the 60-ft (LOD) foiler l’Hydroptère DCNS on Thursday, we hit 35 knots. And l’Hydroptère DCNS has a soft sail. The next day Associate Publisher John Arndt and Kimball Livingston hit 45 knots in World Series conditions aboard l’Hydroptère DCNS. In other words, a 15-foot-longer foiler with soft sails sailed twice as fast as an AC 45 with a wing.
That brings up the question of how fast will an AC 72 with a wing — and foils, such as the Kiwis are putting on their cat — sail on San Francisco Bay? It boggles the mind.