VIDEO AC72? In the 1970s there was already adrenaline in power!


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Footage from aboard the very fast America’s Cup catamarans or multihulls equipped with foils is beautiful. But did you know that as early as 35 years ago catamarans were featured in movies that were nothing short of spectacular? The protagonist of the film we show you is not an AC72, nor even a GC32 or Flying Phantom: but the timeless Hobie Cat. This documentary, named “Sharing The Wind,” was produced in 1979, and remains probably the highest adrenaline content documentary ever made.

The documentary begins with some footage from a national Hobie 18 championship in California-take five minutes and watch how it was raced. Without dwelling on moustaches and big hair, check out these “vintage” weapons! The second part of the film is a potpourri of evolutions aboard Hobie 18s in Hawaii, made in 1976: there are water-skiers towed by one of these catamarans, those who sail over sand dunes, and then (at minute 24.00) the incredible sequence of the jumped wave from the cat of Dean Froome and John Driscoll, which we chose as our cover photo. An outstanding period document.




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