But, let's cut right through polars and theory, and take a look at the Sydney Hobart line honours 2010 compared to 1964.
The Freya beat: First 40, Pogo 40
, X43, Salona 44 retired, and the list goes on..
The same goes for 2009 and 2008. The Freya was between 4d01hr to 4d15hr in a 3 year stretch. Take a look at all the boats, not able to make that time today. The list is full of rockets. Granted, conditions play a roll, but they do while cruising as well.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010..
Honestly, not my dreamboat, but a fast one even by todays standards, and solid as a rock.
Give credit where credit is due....
Sorry for the sidetrack.
Bernd, I was looking for a Freya on the 2010 edition of SH but obviously there is not one. I couldn't believe you were comparing results of two different races
That does not make any sense, wind and sea conditions vary widely and it is no unusual times that are almost the double between two races. Saying that a Freya beaten a First 40 or a Pogo 40 referring the times in two different races is absurd. I could beat any racing sailboat with a Bavaria 36 given the right weather: No wind for the other boats, 20k on the quarter for me
The fact remains that Freya 39 performance (not considering any handicap) as a race boat has only a historic relevance, otherwise you woulds have a lot of boats like the Freya trying to win the Sydney-Hobart race today. The boats that make today the better time in real time for a given length are the fastest boats.
About what a Freya 39 is worth today have a look at this results of a 3th rate race with old boats. I mean even the "modern" boats are old
Winter Series 2010 A Class Race Results
Here you can see that the Freya 39 is regularly beaten by a Beneteau 32.5 and by a Beneteau 32 (not even a First). You can also see that the Freya 39 is consistently the slowest boat even if most of the boats are smaller and none is a recent cruiser racer.
This is not the place to pursue this kind of discussion. There is a thread were old boat performance is compared with modern boat performance, something like "bluewater boats that sail well with light wind" or something like that.