The fetch is so short in SF Bay
that even 50mph winds don't build much wave height. I was out in 40k winds and seas were only a couple of feet. These boats are so overpowered that even a small power boat
wake can cause the bow to pearl as they fly off the wave. As they say in Naval Aviation, 'There is a reason you get extra pay for flying.'
Oh, are you saying that these catamaran
boats aren't exciting for sailors as well!!!
These boats are exciting to sail but they are really just toys. Believe the last America Cup wouldn't allow the boats to sail in larger than 4' waves. Think boats should be able to sail in anything up to storm conditions.
The America Cup boats in the '50s-'80s were designed to the 12 meter rule
and were around 50'-60' in length. There are a bunch of them sailing in the Newport Rhode Island
area. They are essentially way large Solings. The J boats were raced in the '20s-'30s and were well over a 100' in length. These boats were built to an old rule
that resulted in the looong overhangs common to racing boats around the turn of the last century. Believe there are only two that survived WWII and have been refurb'd to the tune of the many many many millions of dollars and there may be a new one under construction. The last mono hull
America Cup Boats were built to a new rule that encouraged modern designs and construction. Light hull weights were maximized to the point that believe more than one of them actually broke in two under moderate conditions. There are a couple of these boats doing day sails
in San Diego
. There were brief periods of rule beating when Dennis Connor raced a Cat against against a 100' plus mono and the last race
when it was a Cat against a Tri.