Bad year for the Cats. Out of the trade winds and with more upwind sailing they are not so hot, even the very fast ones and that's the case of the Gunboat 62 that was beaten, in what regards the first performance cruiser to arrive, by the Southern wind 72 and has at only 140nm the much smaller Marten 49, also a performance cruiser: What a sailboat that one
A lot of big Oysters coming next. Great performance for medium height cruisers: Six of them making a great transat. More medium weight boats going very fast: a brand new Gunfleet 58 and two Discovery 55. These are all English big boats and they are doing very well. Funny that you don't find among the first medium weight big cruisers any big Halberg Rassy.
We can also find some lighter mass market big cruising boats doing very well: two Hanse 575, a Hanse 630 and a jeanneau 57. There are also several big Swans racing but they have been slower than these boats and it seems that this is a kind of turning point. There are a Swan 65, a Swan 62Rs, a Swan 55 and a Swan 51, going well but worse than the English boats, the Hanses or the Jeanneau.
Staying out of the performance boats (I will talk about them on another post and its comparative performance with these boat), another smaller cruisers doing great are a Van de Stadt Moorea 45, two Dufour 385, a Southerly 42 RST, a Xc 45, a Dufour 375, two Bavaria 40, a Bavaria 42, a Dufour 425, a xc 42, a Halberg Rassy 40 a Halberg Rassy 42, a Southerly 110 and a Hunter 36.
In what regards mass production boats, the Hanse seem to dominate on the bigger boats but on the smaller ones it seems that Dufour and Bavaria are the ones going better. Of course, it depends the boats that have entered but it is kind of odd not to find neither Jeanneau neither Beneteau among the boats with better performance in what regards smaller boats.