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So that the critical part is really the ability to manage the low winds periods (and especially the Azores and St Helena high).
And for that they would need a kind of Oracle (the one in America cup) to do 30 knts in 8 knts of wind, but it could of course not manage the heavy winds.
Thanks Yl75 for the translation. Could an offshore boat carry a rigid wing as with the AC boats? I was impressed at the ability to feather the rigid wing to de-power here in the SF Bay, but I imagine there are limits, particularly in the Southern Ocean. Or could the builders manage to rig a reliable telescoping mast to address the aero issues in heavier winds but provide more sail area in light conditions? Both options seem technically difficult, but so is a canting keel. The problem is now defined, so a solution can't be that far behind. I'm sure these have already been debated, anyone have links?
Delta between the two boats now down to 63 miles, or about 2 hours. Of course it is not a race according the rules, but two of the fastest racing boats on the planet with top sailors are heading in the same direction. Yesterday averaging over 730 miles in 24hrs. After 45 days, it's pretty close.