Thanks Edward, the L-shaped bulb keel would be a plus for the Sun Fast because a bulb is an option on the JPK.
I thought that you were going to comment about the performance of the Pogo 12.50 on the "Round the Island race". Download the excel file and have a look, it was just great, I mean in real time because regarding handicap the Pogo will never be a fast boat. Fast on the water, slow on the paper
Of course Iím also happy to comment about the performance of a Pogo 12.50 in the Round the Island Race. Finishing 89th of almost 1.400 yachts in compensated time, not bad at all indeed.
Because as you very correctly stated, these boats are designed without any consideration for rating so they get the worst one can imagine and therefore become slow in the final ranking.
Since I only intend to race our Pogo from time to time in club races, we never bothered to register for an IRC rating. I only obtained a CR rating, a simple and low threshold system based on data input by the owner and without any measuring involved, intended for recreational racing. Last year our rating was the very highest in Belgium, even worse than an X-55
So these guys did a very good job at the Round the Island Race, knowing the course is in a loop and therefore also involves quite some upwind sailing. As we know, this is certainly not what these open designs like most. And letís not forget the 12.50 certainly isnít a class 40 but only a similar, strongly down tuned design intended for easy cruising.
I do admit we very much appreciate not really needing six crewmembers hiking on the toerail to make things work properly, Mr. Pelicano
In our case itís often just the two of us having an Abbey beer with cheese cubes, on the lee cockpit bench
Regarding upwind performance we are gaining experience and making small progress every time, step by step. Apart from mainsail trim, extremely sensitive with this fatheaded beast of 65 m2, we learned to dump the solent much earlier than we did before (under 20 knts TWS) and set the staysail even before taking the second reef in the main. Plus 3 degrees and around one knot is very rewarding, although we will of course never be able to engage a luffing match with e.g. a First or Xp 40
. But I bet the VMG will now be very well comparable, only the tracks on the plotter remain quite frustrating because of the extra miles covered (albeit at a higher speed).
And although we point a little higher and sail faster with the staysail, the hull also behaves significantly better, even against a chopped sea
I donít quite understand why. Paulo?