Until now, offshore multihull sailing has been carefully divided into two camps: Grand Prix racing boats such as
Formula 40s and Open 60s on one side; and a myriad of charter and cruising boats on the other. Wormwood
Performance Yachts has been created to bridge the gap between these camps by blending racing technology
with cruising comfort and safety.
Minimal wetted surface racing hulls have been optimized to carry the extra weight of cruising amenities. High
tech, vacuum-bagged epoxy/uni-glass construction maximizes strength while minimizing weight - weight that can
be added back with extra cruising gear. Carbon high-aspect rigs and foils provide the drive and lateral resistance
essential for outstanding windward performance. Sensual styling is the result of a focused effort to reduce
aerodynamic drag with soft curves, and windshields angled to funnel apparent wind onto the mainsail - reducing
cross flow under the boom.
The sail plans, designed for ease of handling, utilize large, powerful mainsails on rotating masts and small self-
tacking jibs. Through meticulous hull design and foil location, it is possible to completely furl the jib as the breeze
comes on, and sail the boat uni-rigged (or cat) - eliminating the hassle of jibs in heavy air. Generous underwing
clearances diminish parasitic drag from passing wave tops. Created for active, experienced sailors, the interior
layouts and materials have been kept both functional and easy to maintain.
The higher speeds available with Wormwood Performance Yachts allow them to escape danger by sailing around
or outrunning storms. High-aspect foils and efficient sailplans allow our yachts to claw, to weather off a lee shore
in conditions where other designs can no longer make headway. Although tall, narrow mainsails look
intimidating, they are actually safer than short hoist mainsails with long booms. When a puff hits a high-aspect
ratio main, the leech stretches and twists off, dumping the pressure automatically. In the same condition, the
leech on a low-aspect mainsail actually closes, retaining the puff and increasing the heeling force.
The combination of elliptical hulls, deep narrow daggerboards, and big rudders are inherent to our designs. This
combination allows the helmsman to react more quickly to wind and sea conditions that may capsize slower
responding cruising yachts. Retractable foils provide extreme shoal draft to minimize grounding. If driven on a lee
shore, that same shoal draft will allow the crew to walk to shore, rather than face a long swim through heavy
storm surf. In survival conditions the daggerboards can be retracted so the boat can slip off to leeward, rather
than tripping over her keels and capsizing. Because a small possibility of capsize still exists, the underside of the
bridgedeck on all of our yachts are non-skidded for traction, painted an international distress color for visibility,
and both hulls are provided with escape hatches.
All Wormwood Performance Yachts are fully cored with closed-cell foam to make them completely unsinkable. In
addition, hulls are compartmentalized to stop the spread of water in the event of holing. Finally, to prevent the
possibility of disaster, the skilled sailing staff of Wormwood Performance Yachts is available to provide training for
our clients in the safe operation of multihulls offshore.