The Pogo that was sailed in the middle sea race spends a lot of time in charter. I don't know if the owner has a second suit of sails, but I suspect that if not, then the sails might have been perhaps already a little tired, additionally, it was one of the shortest boats in the fleet. There was a Pogo36 in the 2018 ARC as well, a group of guys from Argentina chartered her for the race. They didn't come dead last (but it's the ARC).
Light airs performance: see pic - albeit at a pretty good angle.
We can (almost) hit the polars, even when massively weighed down with all the cruising shit + enough wine and French food (in glass) to stock a well sized mansion. Below 3 knts TWS we're struggling a little, but our wardrobe is bog standard.
We don't have an A2 (yet). In the really light, moving some crew forward helps us because we've got 100kg of ground tackle in the lazarette. I feel that we could go considerably faster in general by just off loading the cruising gear.
Racing, you'd have to ask Pete, the owner of Ferox in SF. They seem to do OK.
Pogos often killed in handicap racing; the lifting keel is deep, and in an open class race non-handicap across the line there will always be some bastard with a canter who's gonna beat you.
My motto is simply, "have fun sailing fast" and this summer we smoked everyone we saw on the water - except a local in a Zen 32 who berths next to us, and sails pretty much everyday. He got a good shift and we sailed into a whirlpool exiting Brest (current there is madness).
It'll be a few years before we do any racing, but I don't expect we'll be placing at the back of the fleet.