Let me answer the original question that started this thread: Who the frig cares?
This whole thread is based on the premise that one boat type is faster than another. It doesn't matter in the slightest.
A-Cat people are looking for an entirely different experience than people foiling Moths. Since real competition is done against similar boats or a handicap, why is the relative speeds of two very different boats a topic worthy of this level of attention?
I know the Northern half of us are in deep freeze and the Southern half is out sailing, but can't we find better things to talk about?
Agree, who cares, it doesn't really matter.
BUT, I disagree about the people/experience--hanging around both, there seems a lot in common between the folks who like As and the Mothies. Both groups/boats:
-tend to be techie
-like box rule/formula as opposed to strict OD
-some of the highest skilled racers in all of sailing
-trickle up innovations
-apparent wind machines
-sailor experiences flight (either hiking while foiling or trapping flying a hull)
-fast fast fast
-light light light
[bottom line on speed comparison FWIT: A-cat faster in low wind and easier to sail fast; Moth much faster top end and harder to sail.]