Interesting finish line sequence in this event!..
I guess we can take some conclusions if we look at it statistically.
Continuing, with some pictures of the boast with more relevant results, regarding is size.
After that fast cat (Freydis 49) entered a Oyster 53
, a medium weight boat going almost as fast as the Cat:
then a smaller performance cruiser, a Wauquiez centurion 45s
then an Oyster 625, another fast big Cat, a Catana 58, an Hanse 630, a X - 612 and a Jeanneau 57 and a smaller X 482
with already some years. Nice boat anyway:
then an Oyster one off, a Hanse 575 an a Knierim 50
. This is a 2009 performance cruiesr from the same brand as the race boat that come overall in first. Nice boat
Then it arrived a cat, a big Lagoon 560 and then, much far away from the Pogo 12.50, the 2nd 40fter, a First 40.7
, but in the middle of much bigger boats:
then finished a Discovery 55 and a Grand Soleil 43
followed by a Dufour 45e:
and only then arrived the Swans, being the first the smaller, a Swan 46 MKII
and then a Swan 53, a Swan 65, a swan 62 Rs that finished at the same time than a Grand Soleil 50. Not much time after entered the first small boat, a performance cruiser - Racer, the Sunfast 3200
followed at some distance by another interesting boat, a performance cruiser, a Stimson 56.
9 hours later arrived another group with a X 50 entering first, closely followed by a Swan 51, a Lagoon 620, a Oyster 54, a Corby 45 and a Lagoon 440
. Not bad the Lagoon 440 performance, for a "cheap" cat that many consider a marina boat,,, well, that's a Portuguese boat ...and they all went fast on this transat.
and that's were we are.
I think we can take some conclusions and one of them is that old designed boats are slower, even with all boats loaded for a transat.
The only exception was the Oyster 48 Light wave, a very special boat very light and very well sailed. All traditionally fast older boats, all those Swans, arrived after lots of modern similar size medium weight luxury cruisers and even several mass production inexpensive main market cruisers (similar size).
We can also see that performance cruisers, even loaded, are consistently faster than medium weight modern cruisers and faster then mass production main market cruisers.
Among the performance cruisers, the very light top performance cruisers like the Marten 49, the Pogo 12.50 and the Sunfast 3200 are really on another level (in what regards a Transat) regarding other heavier performance cruisers and finished among much bigger boats.
We can also notice that the Cats, even the fast ones, many times advertised as much faster than similarly sized monohulls, did not keep with that propaganda and that popular inexpensive cats, many times considered as marina condos, like the Lagoon are not that slow, even if compared with other performance cats.
Regarding brands and in what regards big boats that are some with several boats on the front pack with relevance to Oyster, but also, X yachts, Grand Soleil, Hanse, Discovery yachts and Jeanneau.
As a deception the Swan, that were consistently beaten by the Oyster and all those above mentioned brands.