Originally Posted by tief schnee
I should live in a windy enough place to have those problems.
I grew up on a 14' and I can see the situational advantage to not having a trap.
Do you guys think the bow hit the bottom when they stuffed it, or was that all fluid dynamics?
I'm pretty sure it was the floatation of the hulls that sprung it over like that. Those things are insanely boyant. Plus, there's a bit of evidence to suggest it didn't hit bottom. For one, the bow sprit didn't snap, 2) The boat would have shuttered violently if it hit bottom, 3) when the bow sprit came back up, water was pouring off of it, and wasn't all muddy, 4) If it had hit bottom, and the bow sprit survived, the boat probably would have been shot backwards and would probably have rolled over to leeward - but instead, it kept rolling forward, and 5) the mast also went in at least as far as the bow sprit.
I had to watch it about 5 more times. What a great video. But too short. I love watching sailboats go really fast. There was a lot of great video from the Volvo Ocean Race this year.