Big­ger but bet­ter?

Yachting World - - Letters -

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.

David Belling­ham

Lalou Rou­cay­rol’s cap­sized tri­maran Arkema

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