Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
I am sure that Oregonian does not need me speaking for him, but in other threads, if I remember correctly I believe he had explained that he has raced his Westsail 32 in a number of Pacific Distance races and had not only won on corrected time, but won boat for boat against some pretty potent competition. If he is whom I am thinking of, at some point, I was directed to an interview article about one of those races in which he describes sail changes and tactics which suggest that his boat is optimized for racing in terms of sail inventory and so on, and he understands how to make her sail to and above her rating.
FWIW; While there is much that I may quibble with him about in my prior discussions with him, I would suggest from prior exchanges, that I have no doubts in his sailing ability and veracity.
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