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    raced catamarans in windy gulch in the north end of LA harbor by the coal dock.

    I blows 20-40 most afternoons there and once you come around the northern buoy you are on a crazy fast flat water reach along the blustery breakwater.
      On a Nacra 5.2 that is pretty fast indeed, and newer 20' versions with a reaching spinnaker or whatever the kids are calling them must be way more insane.

    I remember we pitchpoled it in a gust. (the wind overpowers the hull's bouyancy and lift, and as the hull is forced underwater the water rushes onto the deck, and the boat capsizes forward over the bows very violently sometimes...a lot of speed is required to perform this manuver, I once buried one past the mainbeams...Good times!)
       As we went from 20/25 to O mph instantly....I last saw my little brother's bugged out eyes as he swung way way out around the front of the falling mast and sail..he was out on the trapeze net. I was worried I'd drowned him under the sail, and what would Mom say?! when he popped up to the surface.

    He survived thank dog, we almost drowned laughing.

    I get the Laser on a reach thing, indeed, sailed many small boats.

    Look up Moth videos if you want to see insane speeds in a tiny boat...they are on hydrofoils now!!

    ah hell, ere's  one, there's more on the you tube know.

    At 1:02 about, he pitchpoled it...erk!  At about 1:40 he's  pulling ahead of a motorboat! Cwazy huh, and they carry them into the water. A development class, so always has been interesting.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:00:04 AM PST

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