Re: Racing a C&C 29 MKII
There is a lot of misinformation here. The 29-II is not necessarily a tender boat. You have to have the proper rig set up and sail inventory. In the conditions you described I would have my 138% headsail up with a totally flattened main, full on babystay and 3/4 full on backstay. Additionally I would have the vang on full (8:1) and a crew on windward cockpit coaming playing the main traveler in the puffs. The boat will easily feather off in any extreme puffs.
There are a lot of other things that go into making the boat go. Things like low stretch sails, low stretch halyards, proper traveler set-up, powerful main sheet tackle, proper halyard settings, right rig tensions and mast rake, etc. Good luck on setting your boat up.
I race mine often in those conditions you describe in the spring. You just need the right sails and set-ups.