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  •  Maybe 18-20 knots in a Lazer (7+ / 0-)

    On a reach in Chesapeake Bay, hiked out almost parallel to the water which was rushing by maybe 5 to 6 inches beneath my shoulders. Kept that up for maybe an hour and a half, until the wind picked up, the sailing club hoisted small craft warning flags, and I had to bring it in.

    Soaking wet. Even little choppy waves covered me with spray. I've probably gone faster in larger boats, but there is nothing like the exhilaration of being suspended over the water, hanging on to the tiller extension in one hand and the mainsail sheet in the other. Balanced on the edge of being at the mercy of the wind and being in control.

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    by Orinoco on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:53:28 PM PST

    •  exactly! (2+ / 0-)
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      raced catamarans in windy gulch in the north end of LA harbor by the coal dock.

      I blows 20-40 most afternoons there and once you come around the northern buoy you are on a crazy fast flat water reach along the blustery breakwater.
        On a Nacra 5.2 that is pretty fast indeed, and newer 20' versions with a reaching spinnaker or whatever the kids are calling them must be way more insane.

      I remember we pitchpoled it in a gust. (the wind overpowers the hull's bouyancy and lift, and as the hull is forced underwater the water rushes onto the deck, and the boat capsizes forward over the bows very violently sometimes...a lot of speed is required to perform this manuver, I once buried one past the mainbeams...Good times!)
         As we went from 20/25 to O mph instantly....I last saw my little brother's bugged out eyes as he swung way way out around the front of the falling mast and sail..he was out on the trapeze net. I was worried I'd drowned him under the sail, and what would Mom say?! when he popped up to the surface.

      He survived thank dog, we almost drowned laughing.

      I get the Laser on a reach thing, indeed, sailed many small boats.

      Look up Moth videos if you want to see insane speeds in a tiny boat...they are on hydrofoils now!!

      ah hell, ere's  one, there's more on the you tube know.

      At 1:02 about, he pitchpoled it...erk!  At about 1:40 he's  pulling ahead of a motorboat! Cwazy huh, and they carry them into the water. A development class, so always has been interesting.

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      by KenBee on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:00:04 AM PST

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    •  fastest saiboat..maybe (1+ / 0-)
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      is this amazing...thing

      and 52 knots...crash!

      or maybe the sailing record is now with this amazing trimaran,the L'Hydroptere. here when their record was 47 knots...recently raised to 51nots, the sail rocket passed it, and I think recently the tri set a faster record.

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      by KenBee on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:28:16 AM PST

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    •  but here is 126 land sailing record (2+ / 0-)
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      at the time don't know what it is now...mas yikes!!!

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      by KenBee on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:38:37 AM PST

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