Rumen I want to repost what I have already posted regarding you and the boat you have choose taking the occasion to congratulate you again for the choice of a very beautiful and well made classic boat:
" If (Rumen) had choose that boat after sailing that boat 37.09 and the 3.6 for sure that for him the 37.09 is the boat he wants regarding how the boat sails, feels, looks and the type of interior."
I like a lot of boats, also classic ones and I don't defend a single choice for any sailor, quite the opposite.
We are only talking about boat speed and performance in what regards the Luffe 37 and other 37/38 ft cruisers and it is regarding that I say that The Luffe 37 is not a fast boat if compared with a 37/38 performance cruiser. He was one of the fastest when it was designed but that was more than 30 years ago.
Regarding the results of that race the good classification of the Luffe 37 on compensated means only that it was very well sailed, very close to its rating but that is only in compensated time. For evaluate the real boat sailing performance (and not the performance of the crew) you have to look at the real time, the time the boat had actually took to reach the finish line:
Regarding that the Luffe 37 took 29 hours and 1min.
A XP 38 took 20h 043m a less well sailed and smaller XP33 took 28h 32m. There were several 33/34 performance cruisers that had made about the same time of that Luffe 37 even if none of them was so well sailed (close to the rating) as that Luffe 37.
There was more three Luffe 37 on that race not as well sailed. One made 30h 53m and the other 30h 56m, other 41h 24m.
That does not mean that I do consider modern Luffe slow boats, quite the contrary. On that race the Luffe 45, a recent design, made a fantastic race with 22h 8m, way faster than the two fastest XP44, faster than a Farr 40 and a Ker 11.3 (and the Ker won the race on compensated) only beaten in what regards to performance cruisers by a Swann 45 ( only by 3 min) and by a bigger XP50.
The Luffe showed one more time why they call them X killer