Sorry guys you have missed the boat and are further back than fullback.
Next time someone proclaims the worth of their 4 or 6 knot shitbox with it's CCA or IOR derived hull form safe in the knowledge that it is safe and sea kindly where as before I would just say nothing now I will just laugh in their face.
The future has been French for sometime we have just being slow to notice.
A days sailing on a 40 foot cruising boat derived from the Open 60 and Open 40 class in anything from 30 to 47 TWS saw to that.
Insane upwind speeds in 40 TWS with amazing stability and comfort.
Anyone who says theses boats are bad upwind has not sailed a well set one.
Downwind you could have put a glass of water on the cockpit floor and it would not have spilled. 16 knots of boat speed under cruising rig didn't hurt either.
Sure you had a dyneema inner forestay and a solent jib and the mainsail luff was tied to the batten cars with lashings but the ease of use was great.
So no headsail track and everything sheets through low friction rings
Everything was light and fatigue factor almost non existent.
And of course that is the secret.
So if any of you get the chance to sail a open class boat in any decent breeze do it and the next thing you will do is be looking at Yachtworld.com.