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I don't know what SophiP has done to make this miracle happen, (perhaps redefine 'light air)' since my esperiences with the Downeast 32's is that the are nearly useless as sailboats in wind under 10-12 knots even with very large genoas. I also found them pretty poor in higher winds where they were not able to stand up to their sailplan and had a miserably rolly motions. In my mind these are neither decent light air boats, and pretty mediocre blue water boats. I would also suggest that they are anything but good single handers if your plan is to sail in a broad range of windspeeds.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay