This is a bit of a dumb discussion. Anyone with one of these boats, that desires to spend the bucks on getting to those Cat 2/3 levels. Great. Go for it. The sheer weight of all the safety shit, rafts, bunks and all the rest of it, that these offshore regs require, virtually eliminate the competitive edge these boats have - not to mention fun. They are already pounded out of competitiveness by rules like IRC, so why even bother. Super 11 - which is what this thread is all about, is aimed at bringing all the fast, 30-something footers, with A-sails on the same bit of water.
I well remember a Mumm30 (Kato/Optimumm/Cleopatra AUS6151) at the start of a Sydney/Southport. Those guys were so weighed down by all the gear, rafts lashed to the deck, you name it - that unless it was going to blow 20 knots SE, they had no chance - and they knew it.
I don't think anyone around here is saying 'don't do it', if offshore is your thing, in a torture machine like a 30-footer, go for it. I would HATE to try and get a wink's sleep downstairs on a Melges32, offshore, overnight. What I would like to see is 20-30+ 'like' boats on the race track, drag racing downwind to the bottom mark. Some will go better uphill, others will go better downhill. Hopefully a rule like AMS brings them all together in a reasonable fashion. And it seemed to in Geelong.
Damn right - there is a shitload of extra gear and crap once you go Cat3 or 2 - and the smaller/lighter the boat the bigger it sucks