Re: History of the planing dinghy
Having sailed Kittycats (with whopping great spinnakers) and Tornadoes extensively - I reckon they plane.... as does my original one design Windsurfer. We used to blast past the Manly Ferry, which does 18 knots, with tourist camera flashes popping away, quite easily. We were way over 2.4 times hull speed.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem
I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"