Bigger but better?
For those, like me, with long memories the 2002 Route du Rhum was a milestone. So many of the ORMA 60s broke up in the storm after the start of the race that the class went into crisis, never to recover. Only three of the 18 boats in that class finished the race, while most of the IMOCAS did complete the course, and that class went on to be the dominant one for a long time.
That has changed again, as your feature on the recent Rhum race touches upon. Trimarans have come back, bigger than ever, and some of these have successfully been raced singlehanded round the world. So, no question, these designs are empirically more seaworthy. However, does the loss of Banque Populaire, and capsizes including that of Lalou Roucayrol’s trimaran, which you reported, not suggest that perhaps we are in another ‘test pilot’ age of advances once again? I am curious to know what others may think.
Lalou Roucayrol’s capsized trimaran Arkema