Bet on the Tortoise over the Hare

Published on August 2nd, 2023

The problem with really fast boats is when they hit something, it can be game over, which is what occurred when the 121-foot trimaran Sails of Change tried to set a new transatlantic record from New York to Great Britain.

A collision with an unidentified floating object on the first night broke their port rudder, which made for naught all the preparation and cost for what is the largest ocean-racing trimaran which, by the way, had previously set the record this new effort was trying to break.

There are a lot of obstacles in that first day off the coast of the USA, but perhaps a separate effort by Jay Thompson to break the same record will have more luck as his boat of choice is the Mini 6.50 and he is merely seeking to establish a new small boat Atlantic crossing record. – Full report

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