Inter 20 - an awful lot of cat for the money


This is just about the ultimate in machinery for those who like main-lining raw speed.
The genesis of the Inter 20 (and the Formula 20 rule that it’s drawn to) seems to stem from the pathological desire of the hard-core catamaran sailor for more speed. And longer means faster - first there were Formula 18s, now there are Formula 20s; first there were Inter 18s, now there are Inter 20s. Experienced cat sailors Stuart Gummer and Steve Mellors put the Inter 20 through its paces for the madforsailing scoreboard in some brisk conditions. The Inter 20 is a two-person, two-trapeze, three-sail cat with a generous area of asymmetric spinnaker. In short, it’s a beast. Drawn by accomplished multi-hull designer Gino Morelli, we were expecting something special from a boat that’s already taken line honours in the Round Texel Race two years running. The reviewer wasn’t disappointed - from the moment we had trouble keeping up in the RIB, as the Inter 20 blasted away at speeds in excess of 20 knots. Just a shower of fast fading spray left for the camera. So it’ll come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that the Inter 20 scores magnificently on performance. Small sailboats just don’t go much quicker. But it does well elsewhere too; once up to speed, upwind steering is fingertip light and precise, bear-aways are instant. Fully powered up on a two-sail reach, the boat goes where you point it. There is no hint of cavitation or stalling and remarkably, never a hint of loading up in the rudders. The hull shape provides the excellent control, and the critical fore and aft distribution of buoyancy is near perfect. Tacking is straightforward even in short seas, provided it’s done at a reasonable speed. Gybing is not too scary and getting the kite up and down is reasonably easy. And once the spinnaker is up and sheeted

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