Hasso Plattnerıs CBTF equipped
Reichel-Pugh 86, Morning Glory trimmed 19 hours off the Transpacific Yacht Clubıs race record while leading a two other CBTF maxi sleds across the finish line to sweep the top three elapsed time places in the Centennial edition of this venerable ocean race. Following Morning Glory across the finish line at Diamond Head lighthouse by over two hours was Roy Disneyıs Pyewacket, a near sistership to the race winner. Another 3 1/2 hours behind was Randall Pittmanıs Dubois designed CBTF 90 foot sloop Genuine Risk.
CBTF technology was developed and patented by CBTF Co. of San Diego,
California. Morning Glory, Pyewacket and Genuine Risk are all CBTF designs launched in 2004 that are licensed by CBTF Co.. The first purpose built CBTF design, launched in 1997, was the 40 footer Red Hornet which turned heads across the country exhibiting 70 footer performance in a remarkably efficient and easy to sail package. Red Hornet often raced with only four crew members. CBTF technology features an innovative separation of the functions traditionally provided by a standard fixed keel underbody. Rotating Controllable twin foils located forward and aft provide accurate steering control and hydrodynamic lift, whilst the canting central ballast strut provides extremely efficient righting moment to control heel with a
minimum of ballast weight. In XXXX 2003, the CBTF equipped Wild Oats a 60x foot Reichel-Pugh design from Australia was the top scoring boat in the coveted Admirals Cup in England. But with the arrival of the three new CBTF maxis last spring, the world of sailboat racing was exposed to even more dramatic performance.
At the push of a button, the ballast strut can move from one side of the boat to the other much faster and more efficient than water ballast. And the twin steering articulating foils are easy to operate, – controlled by a single steering wheel (or tiller), providing for virtually ³unbroachable²control, and very low drag when steering through the waves compared to fixed forward foils employed on some canting keel designs. And because of their high aspect low drag shape the twin foils are efficient and being full employed both upwind and downwind.
Morning Gloryıs new Transpac record of 6 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes for the 2250 mile course from Los Angeles to Honolulu was set in relatively mild conditions. In fact, only in the final 100 miles of the race did Morning Glory experience sustained winds in excess of 20 knots. But to those who have followed the success and performance of CBTF equipped boats, the smashing of the old record (7 days, 11 hours – set in 2001 by Roy Disney aboard his previous 77 foot fixed-keel Pyewacket in a very windy year)came as no surprise.
Morning Glory, Pyewacket and Genuine Risk were each launched in 2004,
records have been dropping wherever they have race – most notably the 2004 Newport Bermuda Race record broken by Morning Glory last June. But this was the first time the three CBTF maxiıs have lined up on the starting line for the same race and expectations were high. Pyewacket led early in the crossing to the islands until Morning Glory took over the lead on the third day.
“Having sailed before on CBTF designs I had some idea of what to expect out of an 86 foot version,” noted Isler, “But over half the crew, including Russell Coutts and a bunch of top guys from 2007 Emirates Team New Zealand Americaıs Cup campaign had never sailed on a CBTF design before and the were blown away. Blasting along at 18 knots in 16 knots of wind, the conversation often turned to other high profile sailing events like the America’s Cup.
Sailing fans may get a closer glimpse of the remarkable performance of these CBTF maxis in mid September during St. Francis Yacht Clubıs Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay as both Morning Glory and Genuine Risk are scheduled to attend. Morning Gloryıs owner Hasso Plattner pondered, half in jest that, San Francisco Bay may be too small for these rocket ships, “We’re just too fast!”
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