Interesting that people say they do not have an agenda but then they go ahead and compare the gunboat to one very fast monohull that sailed a very good race. Why not compare it to some of the other boats that were more then a day behind. Only one gunboat and lots of other monos racing .Although there was not a huge amount of upwind work even a little bit will take a lot of time off average speeds.
Maybe I am easily impressed but I think the Gunboats performance was very impressive. When you look at how big the saloon on that boat is and the compromise of wider hulls compared to a racing multihull its the real deal. The Southern Cross 52 was also an amazing performance beating similar sized canting boats by a large margin. Maybe the Gunboat did not sail up to its polars but rough water and having the occasional island upwind of you does make a difference.
I It sure gets a lot more quiet here when the Gunboat does what its supposed to do. With just two Maxi 100 foot racing machines and a 115 foot Farr ahead of it. Pretty impressive for a 66 foot cruising cat. The speed to comfort ratio is very impressive.
Pretty impressed actually. Keeping Aegir close is an accomplishment. Those 50 footers are tenacious.
It was the downwind legs that they suffered on. That, and the tight reaches. Or so it seems to me. Tight tacking angles upwind. The Yapluka was tacking through 150 by the looks of if.