Photography by Charles Platt
The Little Cart That Couldn’t
Wind-powered vehicle claims look like hot air.
Can a wind-driven vehicle outrun a tailwind? A Florida tinkerer named Jack Goodman claims it can, and he put a video on YouTube to prove it. Some sailing enthusiasts became convinced that he was on to something, while others were equally sure it was a hoax — and I decided to put it to the test.
HOW BOATS WORK
First, we need a quick primer on seafaring aerodynamics. The oldest boats had rectangular sails that were ...