Subject: Re: [harryproa] Top Speed
From: Paul Nudd
Date: 8/13/2007, 4:35 AM

Rob Denney wrote:
> G'day,
> I was on board, but managed to sleep through the 27 knots!
Just as I slept through the 26 you achieved on your watch.
> The following was written by a TRT owner on Sailing Anarchy's cruising forum
> about his TRT 12m GT, which is a performance cruising cat very much in the
> same vein as XL2
> Quote
> The Seawind 1000 is a good choice. I was out on a friend's 1000 last
> weekend. Very comfortable for 6 people daysailing and anchoring for lunch.
> Wind speeds where around 15 knots with flat seas and we were seeing boat
> speeds in the 6 to high 7's range under working sail. Note: we had 80
> gallons of water in the tanks and 30 gallons of fuel along with 6 adults.
> In the same conditions the TRT would have been doing 10 - 12 with a single
> reef in the main and a 120 jib... end quote
Yes, top speed is largely irrelevent. What does matter is how fast you
go for a given set of conditions (wind speed and waves).
15 knots of wind and 'flat seas' giving the SW 1000 7 knots and the TRT
12 knots, I assume sailing to windward. Then if Rare Bird can do 15 it
is looking very good, not so much for top speed but for efficiency.
With a more efficient set of sails and perhaps a stiffer mast and a
little less gear on board perhaps we might see 18 in 15?
Who cares what the top speed might be, if you can do 18 in 15 and
maintain that sortof ratio (9 in 7.5, 6 in 5 etc.) you are going to win

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