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Foiled Again structural design for Conner’s wing in 1988, was also pro-trimaran. Alinghi went with a cat because that’s what they knew from European multihull competition. Among the more difficult challenges presented by the trimaran was designing and building the

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bowsprit. The bow of the main, middle hull was plumb, and so short deck-to-bottom that the angle for typical support struts was insufficient. Core Builders lost track of how many they built before one stayed on the boat. One bowsprit broke at the dock just from tensioning the rig. Several others gave up under sail. Another challenge: a tri has three rudders ~ a large one on the hull, and a smaller one on each f loat. Skipper Jim Spithill called the rudder on the hull “a luxury” and had it removed to reduce drag. He found he could still control the boat. And the dagger foil designs were advancing into the unknown. The foils were providing so much lift ~ the boat was sailing on so little of its working (leeward) f loat ~ there was concern it could lose its grip on the water. In 2017, we are used to seeing multihulls, and monohulls like Lasers and Moths ~ even rowing shells, surf and sail boards ~ “foiling” along with f loats or hulls well clear of the water. But at the time, experiencing so much lift was

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