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Square metre boats: A matter of sail area

Unlike other sailboats, the classic square metre and their successors for cruising are designated by sail area instead of their length or a formula. For example, the 15 stands for the smallest 15 square metre class, the 22 for the 22s, and so on. If the designation number is underlined, as in the above photo of a 30, it is …

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Battle with a Twelve

Is it sensible to race with a Twelve? This 22 m metre long upwind powerhouse with tremendous ballast ratio, driven by 240 Square metres? If you are sailing another Twelve – shure. With Swede 55 it seems pretentious. We will see the recently restored vintage 12 metre yacht Anita only briefly as her sails are sheeted in. Hence we enter …