Sure it was a masthead? Many newer fractionals look almost like mastheads (eg 16/20 fraction). But that gives additional sail-area like you say.
We like the Asym for easy handling, and that might mean that we get there faster anyways - even if racing, because we're squirrely DDW so prefer to tack a few times instead. Our boat is a masthead, and we get a LOT of sailarea with the Asym, or even the genoa. But as has been stated also hard work getting it home.
Watch great footage about the story of one manís slow odyssey around the UK:
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