Originally Posted by Faster
If a full keel was really the absolute optimum for offshore sailing we'd still see the Suhali's on the Volvo Ocean Race. (and I imagine a few of those crew, crawling soaking wet into an equally wet berth might well wish they'd chosen that ride from time to time)
While most of your post was thoughtful and well said (as usual), I have to call you on this analogy. Few things are "absolute" in this world, and I don't think anyone has claimed that the advantage of a full keel is speed. Don't know what "Suhali's are, but I assume they had an ample keel. On any race boat (offshore or otherwise), I think the priority is going to be speed. Not - sea kindness (as you point out), tracking, safety, shallow draft and certainly not durability after running aground. I don't think the OP was asking about offshore racing.