On their own way two of the most interesting 30ft performance cruisers launched recently but those ways are pretty much opposed : A boat following the mini tradition, very beamy and another, relatively narrow, on the more classic ORC tradition and even among those on the ones that follow more classic lines.
what are the differences?
The winner 900 showed that in light winds it can be as fast as the Pogo and the Pogo will smock the Winner in stronger winds in all points of sail except upwind where probably the mach will be close (if it is the winner performance version).
Probably upwind, in bad seas with waves, the Winner will be faster again, or maybe not, only a true test or racing results will shed more light on that, anyway the performance in what regards upwind VMG would not be very different while downwind and on a beam reach with medium to strong winds the Pogo would be much faster.
The differences don't stop here since the cockpits and interiors are also very different, both much bigger on the Pogo but size is not all and even if the Pogo offers a functional interior, even for offshore and long range cruising, the one of the winner is incomparably more comfy, giving a very nice ambiance and it also a very functional and good one in what regards cruising.
The prices, for comparable versions (winner performance), will not be that different.
Two great performance cruisers but not for the same sailor. I bet that the ones that would like to own a winner are not the ones that would like to own a Pogo. Take your pick
Reportage Voile Magazine en Hollande - Winner 900 por voile-magazine
The new Pogo-30 2013 from Andreas Lindlahr on Vimeo.