Hi Monte - you are on a cat so clearly you are 100% wrong and your experiences of actual world does not fit with some peoples concepts which also establishes that you are incorrect. The proof is in other peoples research
However, several years ago we took part in the upwind Dar-es-Salaam to Tanga yacht race
with variable winds; 10-40knots.
We were one of only two cats taking part. The other cat turned back when the wind
reached over 30 knots as they were inexperienced. There were several decent mono hulled boats also competing, including a semi flush decked >42ft Oyster
We finished second despite being a cruising loaded cat. Frankly, I cant be ar*ed with trying to establish how we achieved this with various diagrams. I know my boat and I believe I know how to to sail her - and despite the howls of protest that cats cannot go to windward the evidence was very apparent - we arrived second. We were beaten by a 22ft skiff with a lifting keel
that knew their local waters very well and which could lift
to cut through the reefs
. We dare not presume what they knew.
This does not fit with some peoples concepts of cats and if I am honest it did not fit with my own views of many years ago. Then I went on a friends cat and sailed many miles with him and I was converted.
There are many people out there that sit in their arm chairs and write about their knowledge - mostly gleaned from the internet
and magazines. Some may have even sailed a boat or perhaps even have charted for more than a few days. This experience turns them into experts on all things nautical. One day they might actually get out there and actually sail across a sea. If someones real world experiences do not fit with their expert knowledge then they shall not be slow to comment. There is also a massive difference in experience with sailing a lightly loaded boat for a day or two to those that cruise
oceans for months at a time.
A few months ago we beat up the Red Sea - a long wind
ward slog that took several weeks (South to North). We arrived in Egypt
several days ahead of a number of mono-hulls that left the indian Ocean
at the same time as ourselves. We arrived with no damage. A couple of the mono's had damaged their rigging
and one had blown a jib
. On one of the mono's the wife was refusing to continue their journey as she had enough of sailing on her ear. Despite the powers of the internet
I could not find anything to prove to that wife that she had really had a better trip than my wife and family
on our cat. Similarly, when we first started sailing cats I was regularly thrashed on passages by a young Aussie couple in their little 30ft mono-hull. They knew their boat inside out and could extract every last fraction of a knot
without even thinking about it. Knowing your boat intimately makes a significant difference.
Originally Posted by monte
I'm not sure where you are reading that in the attached quote Polux. 🙈