Rig designer Randy Smyth, engineer Steven Robert and builder Wolfgang Chamberlain pick up the story of the Eagle 53 ‘aggressively remarkable’ flying cat from Paul Bieker, Andrés Suar and friends
CONCEPTION TO BIRTH – Randy Smyth
How did the Eagle 53 begin? I can only convey that part of the story based upon (reliable) hearsay. The story I was told goes like this…
One man’s inspiration while watching the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco transformed his excitement into a powerful challenge to Tommy Gonzales, the captain of his Gunboat 90 Sunshine. Immediately following the Cup Donald Sussman approached Gonzales with this aggressive request: ‘Can you build a 75ft fully foiling catamaran, sporting a “practical wing sailplan” that can be sailed without a crew of professionals?’
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