This is from a few years ago, but the race is in progress right now.
Amazing technology, beyond state of the art. Here's a short glimpse of what they are dealing with. Cruising at 18-25+ knots, the boats are capable of 35+ knots, but lots of stuff starts breaking then.
The current Hugo Boss was in the lead, but it had a structural failure and is attempting carbon fiber repairs at sea, by himself. You see, these nuts are racing around the world at breakneck speeds SOLO.
Watched quite a few of these new designs and they do quite literally do fly like a hydroplane with they way the direct the foils to keep the hull out of the water. And do they ever move out. Wipe outs are spectacular.
Crazy is a matter of perspective. Forty some-odd years ago I was watching mogul racing, which was relatively new at the time, with some friends. One of the guys said that it looked crazy and that you'd never catch him doing it and a couple others echoed the sentiment.
We were watching it because the winds were too high for us to skydive that day.
SALUTE TO ALL!
#4546709 - 12/01/2002:03 PMRe: Crazy People...or at least very, very brave and skillful