Can A Yacht Ever Travel Faster Than The Wind?

 
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This seems like defiance of the laws of physics, but it just needs the right shape and size of sail to trap enough of the air-mass blowing in the wind.

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On the surface of the Earth, wind consists of the bulk movement of air

The resulting transfer of momentum can propel yachts to impressive speeds, especially if friction is minimised – some sleek catamarans can achieve 80km/h using 35km/h winds.

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  1. I always wanted to see one of these, ever since that forgotten TV show about aliens, with what’s his name.

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