America's cup and sailing terminology

Packard

Senior Member
USA, English
Context:

The latest America's Cup racing competition allowed catamaran hulls and air foil "sails" (which would be more accurately called "wings"). The tall main sail had a fabric covered structure that did not capture the wind but rather behaved like a aircraft's wing. It allowed the boats to travel faster than the wind that was driving them.

See: http://www.americascup.com/en/news/3/news/18441/final-preview-barker-vs-spithill-for-winner-take-all-race-at-1315


Question:

Should these be called "wing" boats?
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I suppose they could be, but nobody calls them that. The term "sailboat" for a vessel smaller than a ship and powered by wind is well established. It exists, today, independently of the two words from which it was originally derived.
     
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