You have some points re the Henderson. There are a few here in PugetSOund too. WHile quicker than my 30' Jeanneau, at a race last weekend and March, I was able to keep up and sometimes out do some upwards of 38-44' boats on short legs, but when the legs got into the 2-3+ mile range, WL took over. I had no problems last spring as did a Cat30 with the 2 40+foot Catalina's on shorter leg courses, usually not only beating them handily on handicap, usually boat for boat. BUT, both the C30 and I had our race crews, not sure the bigger cats had a race crew per say.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!