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Some of the exciting boats to watch are a couple of super-fast multihulls, Mighty Merloe and Orion, which holds an absolutely amazing course record of just 5 hours 17 minutes, plus a couple of Transpac 52s, Destroyer and Encore.
The introduction of foiling multihulls for the inshore races -- similar to the Extreme Sailing Series and the modern America's Cup -- is designed to boost excitement levels for spectators and further test the teams' all-round ability.
In both instances, the sailors lost their footing while crossing to the opposite side of the boat, a maneuver that can be tricky in many yachts but is particularly challenging on the high-speed multihulls being raced here.
Giant multihulls are often used for transatlantic races and record attempts such as the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop time around-the-world, held by the 105ft trimaran IDEC SPORT in 40 days 23 hours.
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