Flying boats

The America’s Cup boats are weird. They’re 72′-long catamarans and their masts are 140′ tall. They travel on hydrofoils above the water at ridiculous speeds. But the oddest thing about them is that their sails aren’t made of cloth, but a hard plastic foil. They don’t absorb the wind like a normal boat, but deflect it like an aeroplane’s wings. They’re unforgiving beasts.

Here’s a link to a website that describes them in mini-videos, with fun facts such as “their sails are as tall as a 13-storey building”. It’s takes less than a minute to watch and is worth it.

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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2 Responses to Flying boats

  1. Nicky Howard says:

    I watched some of the races yesterday. Great coverage and startling racing. It was very exciting. Enjoy your ringside view.

    • nataliegotts says:

      Wasn’t it! When you watch in the America’s Cup park, people sit on the fake grass, watching the screens, until the last leg. They they all get up and run to the harbour wall to see the boats come flying past in the flesh. It’s a great atmosphere.

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