Farmboy, our first boat was a Shark as well, great beginner's boat. Well mannered, not overpowered, and rewarding when you get things right.
Fleets are still racing across the country, a testament to the longevity of the class.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)