Contrary to much of the discussion here, this is not an ocean race. Its a coastal race. You never need to be more than a couple of hundred yards from shore, and if the shit really hits the fan, you can beach it. As Kevlar said, these guys have done this race in a J27 (3 times), a J80, a J30, and a half dozen times on other boats. The Melges is faster than any of those boats, and will be a killer in the light air of LI Sound. There is also no big delivery. Ramp launch and haul at start and finish.