RORC Caribbean 600

MR.CLEAN

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I wonder how much longer the big boats in the fleet will continue to carry around lead.
It's primarily a generational thing, with just a couple of offshore race organizer holdouts artificially helping to keep multis out.

Outside the Bermuda and Hobart races, supermaxis are now just fighting for class victories like every other class in any race the multis enter, the biggies of which are Fastnet, Transat, Middle Sea, and Caribbean 600. No more first-to-finish means no more big glory, and it's gotta be hard for these alpha dog billionaires to accept getting constantly smashed over the line by boats half their length and a tiny fraction of their weight and cost. You don't build a 100 foot supermaxi because it is fun and exciting, because it's not, really. It's a loud, powerful, brutal thing with frightening loads and huge everything, and you build it to crush everything else and possibly break a record. When you're not crushing everything anymore, and when your big toy is beginning to be overshadowed in prestige and attention by classes like Volvo and IMOCA, it probably isn't as much fun anymore.

A handful of the old guys will go multi (look at the Newport M32 fleet for a few early adopters), but most will probably find something more their speed and let the megaprograms fade away and do just a handful of regional races a year like the Perpetual Loyal. Some are already into the J/Class or classic yacht racing anyway.

The next guys are already on deck in the USA. Lloyd T, Renaud L, Jason C, Don W - these are the future record and line honors chasers, and they will inspire the next generations with their antics on multihull sailing porn. Europe is obviously light years ahead in many ways, but the yanks are catching up. Aussies have their TVS and TA and some money and will to move forward, but the CYCA restrictions against multihulls for Australia's most important race means that they never have the kind of resources or competition they need to challenge on a world stage.

MOD 70s got a whole lot more expensive last year though thanks to all the records dropping in such a (relatively) small and simple boat.

 
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jack_sparrow

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While waiting for this weekend to come around here are highlights from last year. A great mixed fleet event that is well run and supported.


 
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While waiting for this weekend to come around here are highlights from last year. A great mixed fleet event that is well run and supported.


If you want to be less focused on work today, watch this video. I did, and it worked. B) Going into stealth mode.

 

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jonas a

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I wonder how much longer the big boats in the fleet will continue to carry around lead.
Multis have been faster for decades and remain a niche interest. Get over it.
I think there will be more multis eventually, but as these boats are mostly owner driven, it's not gonna happen over night. There's more focus on high performance boats now, but most of the interesting offshore multis are not really suited for crews that are not fully professional.

 

MR.CLEAN

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I wonder how much longer the big boats in the fleet will continue to carry around lead.
Multis have been faster for decades and remain a niche interest. Get over it.
I think there will be more multis eventually, but as these boats are mostly owner driven, it's not gonna happen over night. There's more focus on high performance boats now, but most of the interesting offshore multis are not really suited for crews that are not fully professional.
Two new US maxis in past 10 years. Owner 1 (Clark): 71 years old. Owner 2 (David): 73 years old.

Four new convertees to multihulls from monohulls in US in past 3 years, with three of them setting records in things WAY faster than 100' maxis and one buying a fleet of M32 cats presumably to get him ready for something bigger. 3 billionaires, one multi-millionaire. Owner 1 (Wilson): 49 years old. Owner 2 (Carroll): 43? years old. Owner 3 (LaPlanche): 45 years old. Owner 4 (Thornburg): 38? years old.

Proof is in the pudding

 
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