Originally Posted by Jabberwock
What would be interesting is if one could compile statistics between the three classes to actually come to some conclusion backed by the evidence. Perhaps boats disabled per distance sailed or something of that nature.
Are you serious? That is ridiculous and show that you don't know of what you are talking about regarding these particular boats. If you have any doubt ask to a mini class skipper and we will take away any doubt you have.
There is a Mini Transat going on and the weather in the Biscay bay have been stormy and rough. They had to postpone the race for two weeks and when the race started they had to cancels the firs leg because they would get 35K winds on the nose. We are talking about 22ft boats. I am sure that most would have made it (more than 80) but it was too dangerous and probably some few would not make it and safety is paramount.
These conditions are not a problem for a Class 40 racer and much less for an Open 60.
There are a big race sailing out in about a day with class 40 racers (among others), however there are no safe small boats in all weather conditions and they are considering a postponement if some weather models that predict 50K winds for the first night will become more probable.