Hi Bob -
Am aware of your lengthy and close relationship with Mark, of which you have reminded us on several occasions. Clearly he learned a great deal during his internship with you, and I'm sure it has contributed to his success.
I was referring, specifically, to your "training wheel" analogy and "fashion" (i.e., cosmetic) references. My sense is that Mills would never use chines for either reason, and he does choose to use them, justifying the choice, at least with respect to the 38', in precisely the terms that Paulo has been using, with respect to Open class racers and shorthanded sailing.
That's pretty much my take on the extended dialogue between you and Paulo on this topic. I'd be more engaged, myself, but the friggin' New England winter is totally disrupting my commutes back and forth to work, and cutting into my quality forum time.