As far as boat speed goes, I agree that the WS32 will not win many bouy races. But I also have this anecdote: My sailing mentor sailed his Westsail 32 from California to NZ and back. The first leg was from San Diego to the Marquesas. When they arrived at Nuka Hiva, they compared passage speeds with the other boats, and discovered that they had made the fastest passage by several days. They were the smallest boat in the anchorage.
Another interesting point was that he carried no liferaft. He had faith that the boat could handle any weather. (Also, that was before EPIRBs, so even with a raft there was no certainty of rescue in the vast Pacific).
I have seen many Westsail 32s on the Chesapeake that were very well cared for.