"Is it just me or are these things just glorified Lasers on Steroids? "
Yes, it is just you Perchance. These machine are highly engineered yachts to the extreme, which are also very carefully and well maintained at enormous costs. Just for the Fastnet race
, the cost of preparation would buy you a nice cruising yacht.
The keel is held by two special bolts and from the 283 parts
that need checking/recplacing for every race
, this one was overseen, with this accident
as a cause.
But these boats are not sherry sailors where the rich owner just shows off a bit. These yachts race all over the world and this one in particular, breaks record
. This yacht sails
approx 20.000 NM per year, so in itīs 5 years of age has sailed something like 100.000 NM already. A lot, lot more than 99% of the sailors here will ever do. There is a lot that can go wrong, also by the sheer speed and power these machines create.
So yes, sometimes something goes wrong.
I am involved in the TP52 circuit and the extreme engineering and eternal search for more speed, more performance and weight reduction is mind boggling. So are their budgets. This Rambles 100 is a lot more extreme than the TP52īs.