I was flipping through the channels yesterday afternoon and came across an America's Cup qualifying event where they were racing the new AC45 class catamarans. I did not like the cats back in the day, when they used them to "bend" the rules and the race was sailed in a court room, not on the water.
I was not expecting to like them, and I was surprised to find that not only did I like them but I schemeing and dreaming and trying to find a way to get a ride on one. The boats are incredibly fast and nimble. They will accelerate to top speed in around 8 seconds. Yesterday they were sailing 21 knots in 11 knots of breeze. Also like the new confined courses that keep the boats close together. Also enjoyed the electronic monitoring that showed when a boat had sailed off course or fouled another boat.
I cannot wait to see what the big cats do in the real AC racing.