The Yacht - Open maxi 65 COMETA
This carbon-fiber, epoxy built Maxi racer is featuring a sail area-to-displacement ratio that’s nearly off the charts. With an adjustable keel (canting keel), rotating mast, and forward daggerboards, Cometa is one of the marvels of the Open Class, which fosters enhanced performance through design freedom and innovation. Not many sailors outside of the Med get a chance to see the likes of Cometa, an offshoot of the Open Class 60 built to be sailed by a full crew. Unlike her more well-known single-handed cousins (like Ellen MacArthur’s Kingfisher or Michel Desjoyeaux’s PRB), Cometa sports an open transom, a low coach roof that affords little protection for the broad cockpit, and widely spread twin helms.
Her appearance is more that of a grand prix, ‘round-the-buoys’ racer than a world girdler, and as such she seems to have more in common with America’s Cup boats than the steeds customarily seen in events like the Vendeé Globe. Open 60s of this variety are designed for pure speed over relatively short distances. Designed by Maurizio Cossutti, Cometa sports 2,905 square feet of upwind sail area, but displaces a mere 16,500 pounds, including a 7,000-pound adjustable keel. That gives this carbon-fiber and epoxy vessel a sail area-to-displacement ratio that’s nearly off the charts, somewhere in the high 50s, depending upon how much mainsail roach you care to calculate.