I suppose this is a trend we could chalk up to capitalistic excess, a byproduct of ballooning incomes of the rich while the middle class stalls. But, damn, these slew of new mega expensive, mega long sailboats are just so cool to watch on the water.
SY Marie, 180' traditional looking ketch (with modern underbody), launched in 2010, designed by Hoek, built by Vitters..... you could probably fit the entire North American Classic Moth fleet under one of those on deck lounges.
Watch SY Marie race the 2011 St. Barth's Bucket here . Sorry, embedding the video was disabled.
I featured another great video from the 2009 Bucket .