The best way to resolve performance claims is to have a race
, and the best way to guage a boat's relative performance is to see what racing
handicap it has been assigned.
I'm down in Antigua
week Stanford Antigua Sailing Week
, and there are three multihull classes
with a total of 14 cats racing (out of about 200 boats). There is a separate class for the Gunboats, a racing multihull
class (Crepes Wahoo is an awesome tri), and a small cruising class with a Catana
The racers are handicapped by the Caribbean
Sailing Association, and the CSA ratings for cats are handled by the French in Guadaloupe. The CSA rating is a time on time factor, so a cat which rates 1.0 should finish in 80% of the time it takes a cat rating 0.8. Looking at the scratch sheet, http://www.sailingweek.com/results/Scratch.pdf
, the Catana 47 rates 0.915 without a spinnaker
, while the Gunboat 48's rated from 0.989 to 0.924 with a spinnaker
and the Gunboat 62 rated from 0.97 to 1.0 with spinakers. Bottom line on this is that the French think a Catana 47 is a bit quicker than a Gunboat 48.
Looking at the results so far, the Catana has not been able to sail to its rating in winds from 10-17 knots, especially when there have been upwind legs. The Gunboats and racing class sailed a different course, so their results are not comparable to the cruising class.
Hopefully more cats will come to more races, and you can mine more useful information out of regatta
results. The bareboat monohull
class has become very popular in Antigua
race week, with over 40 boats racing in 4 classes
, and they would welcome more multihulls.