Sayonara—Tack the Boat

By Sunday evening Sayonara was far ahead of AFR Midnight Rambler.1 It was a fast boat. Not only was the big maxi 48 feet longer than the Rambler, but Ellison had every technological advantage imaginable on his side. Sayonara's hull had been constructed with sheets of lightweight carbon fiber fabric. Its carbon mast, much lighter than aluminum, alone cost more than two AFR Midnight Ramblers. Sayonara was designed for speed, and it was flying across the Bass Strait.

Sayonara, like the other maxis, escaped the worst of the storm. But the boat was still hitting huge waves and strong winds. During one maneuver, as Chris Dickson ...

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