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A couple of quick comments on the points Johnno makes:
Unfortunately, you can't compare performance specs for a winged keel P-27 with those for a fin keel P-27 because Pearson only produced the boat with the wing.
Wings on cruising boats definitely cropped up in the '80's based on the AC boats, which isn't to say the designs are even all that close. The main advantage of them for cruisers has been the shoal draft, which may not be important where sid w will be sailing. As Johnno points out, time has marched on and designers have gone more to bulbs for shoal draft, often with winglets of some sort but not like the bigger wings that were prevalent in the '80's.
Sid, you also said something about light air performance. The P-27 is an excellent light air boat. But as Johnno points out, if you want the emphasis on racing, a boat with a wing designed in the '80's may not be for you.