Some of my comments were directed at the type of sailing I though Barrry L does...now I see he wants to know maximize the performance aspects of the next boat and doesnt mind acrifice some of the cruising aspects.After reading about his exploits to Block I thought his family would want something more comfortable in a seaway and dont think the C&C 99 is set up that way.
Good luck in your search barry. Try a number of different designs. Benny Oceanis, Farr, etc.
Hope we meet up next year on our trip north.