Originally Posted by bb74
I'm suprized the 10.50 is slower than the ELAN 350 upwind. The 12.50 is a pure racing hull (carbon copy of the new Open 40 class from Finot) and had a big rig so it isn't a suprize to me that it leaves the others in the back of the pack. The 10.50 is a bit more of a compromise design-wise.
At the same time the 10.50 comes with inconvenient backstays which need to be changed with every tack and jibe while the 12.50 in comparison is nicely comfortable with no backstay.