we race in New England Thurs Eve''s and at least one race every weekend plus the PHRF New Englands. Last year we had a few seconds and some thirds but we were always just a few seconds out. Since this gap is so small I contribute it to the lack of quality sails rather than lack of talent or experience.
My view on racing is to do what you need to do, and spend what you need to spend in order to win.
That beeing said I have a budget and I''m actively looking for a different boat that is more phrf friendly, before I spend another penny on the Sabre.