Andy Claughton admires the progress made with the latest Imoca designs… but he is less convinced about the chances of widening the foilers’ magic circle

Over the last year Carrington Boats have crafted (built doesn’t do them justice) two extraordinary yachts: Hugo Boss 7 and the Ineos Team UK America’s Cup 75.

The former involved 30,000 design hours followed by 50,000 man-hours to complete, and the latter surely no less than this. That’s 25 craftsmen for the best part of a year for each boat, not to mention the hours needed to create the working drawings. Alex Thomson talks about how designs are scribbled on napkins, or in the condensation on the windscreen as we wait in the ferry queue. Ideas and concepts are the easy bit, the commitment, attention to detail and organisation needed to give these ideas flesh are extraordinary.

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