For those skeptics out there, here a couple of old posts from version 1.
Speaking of Kites. posted 12/08/04 Look Ma, no spinnaker!
Sean Langman’s 66-foot AAPT will use a kite instead of a spinnaker in this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Kite boarders can apply! The approach to Sydney Harbor.
The OutLeader™ kite flies in the stronger stable wind well above the level of the boat’s masthead, providing enormous pulling power. The kite looks like half of a giant parachute, but measures as a spinnaker. Unlike a normal spinnaker, it is sheeted only from the deck, so it doesn’t contribute to heeling the boat or burying the bow. This means that the risks of uncontrolled spinnaker wipe-outs are almost eliminated.
KiteShip rocks! I want one for my boat. I'll have to wait for them to build a smaller chute for my little boat. :( When that happens I'll say, "See ya later spinnaker!"