“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1980 World Speed Sailing Trials

by Richard Crockett

Attempting to show off new concept boats and speed machines is a hazardous business as one needs wind to do this. The 1979 event had a lack of wind until after the trials, and in 1980 the gathering had more than they bargained for with gusts up to 70 knots!

For me the most impressive boat was Jacob’s Ladder, an unrigged Tornado cat which was pulled along by a stack of up to 15 “flexifoil” kites controlled with two lines.

For those with a thirst for speed, this is an interesting read.

READ IT HERE:  Pages from 1980 12 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR