Super 12 yachts will be 1 minute per mile faster than 12s
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) The lead designer for the new Super 12 Class says the racing yachts will sail on average one minute per mile faster than the 12 Meter yachts that raced in the America's Cup from 1958 through 1987.
The Super 12s will compete annually in the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge for the Super 12 Cup beginning in July 2017.
Britt Ward of Farr Yacht Designs says target speeds would be nine knots upwind in 20 knots true wind and 12 knots downwind. They would be 8.5 knots upwind and 9.5 knots downwind in 12 knots.
Ward says that while Super 12s will resemble a 12 Meter from the waterline up, the underbody and rig will be modern.
The yachts will be built at Westerly Marine in Santa Ana.