Could this be a foretaste of the 2018 Sydney Hobart record breaking, line honours machine. Quite a challenge for the ex owner of the 100ft Comanche, but not impossible to imagine that this could happen – even as part of an America’s Cup development programme! Interesting, as they are, the development of foil assisted, swing keel monohulls may become redundant in an era of foil born, ‘keeless’ monohulls. For me, an offshore capable version of this concept is not impossible. I might add twin rudders with foils and a fully retractable forward canard foil (for fore and aft stability control). Maybe turning the ‘Hobart’ into a day race……….

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