Editor Peter Nielsen watches the prototype for Yandex-sponsored SpeedDream launch in Maine.
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Stability test time; with a band of stalwarts leaning out to one side, the keel is canted to the other side to level the boat out.
The most striking boat in the marina… note the wave piercing bow and the twin daggerboards.
Several features of the hull design are evident here—the reverse flare in the topsides divert spray away from the cockpit at speed; the hard hull chines aid directional stability when the boat is heeled; and the step in the hull, just below the shrouds, decreases frictional resistance at high speeds.
On the water at last, Lewis and his crew set sail and prepare for the trial run.
With its carbon sails and menacing appearance, Yandex SpeedDream makes quite a sight on the water.
Lewis brings the boat onto the wind as the crew cranks the keel to weather; as it breaks the surface and flies just above the water, decreasing resistance and placing the righting lever way out to windward, the onlookers break into a cheer. Murnikov’s concept has been proven on this 28-foot test bed; next step, after more testing this year, is a bigger prototype.
Vlad Murnikov looks on nervously as the boat is prepared for its second-ever outing.
Sophisticated simplicity – that’s a theme that runs right through this boat, right from the rig through the hull and keel construction. For instance, the most up-to-date exotic materials are used, but a square-rigger sailor of yesteryear would instantly be at home with the way the rigging is tensioned.
Alongside the dock, the SpeedDream prototype looks compact and businesslike. It has just been launched, and the team is busy setting up the rig.
Helmsman Cam Lewis, here seen adjusting the Dyneema and carbon fiber shrouds, is best known for his multihull exploits.