I invite you to read a little something at this link:
The Pearson Vanguard Page
Click on the "American Beauty" bullet on the left side of the page. In the article, you will see things like, "He designed the Vanguard to the Cruising Club of America racing rule, which produced the prettiest yachts since World War II, as well as more seaworthy and seakindly vessels than many of those emerging from factories today." Hmmmmm.
Just a fair counter-point to certain other opinions you have already received.
"Practical" and "sailing" don't normally belong together in the same paragraph, but the Pearson Vanguard is an exception. Do you want to cruise the coast in a responsive boat now but know that you could chuck your job and cross an ocean tomorrow? This boat is a practical solution to that sailing situation. It isn't a dockside condo, it's a real sailboat."
Just goes to show, opinions vary, and everybody has one. Considering that the CCA was the rule-making body in the US for some 50 years, I tend to think they were doing something right.