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X-Yacht 3/4 and 1 ton
I own a X-yachts 3/4 ton. Last year one of our sister ships from the club won the Western Lake Erie champion ships in one. We placed 3rd in our class.
The previous owner of my boat has won in the Chicago NOOD, and twice in Key West, the second time with a reduced rating.
This boat can sail with 5 crew no problem up to about 12 knots. After that you need the 8 or 9 you are allowed to hold the boat down. You still only need 4 or 5 who know what they are doing to sail it well.
I our local races we race agianst a couple of j-33s, a Soveral 39 and a Henderson 30. The one boat is always in the 3. The other boat is generally mid way or better.
I would also not that these boats are fast in heavy air. I can easily do 10+ knots dead down wind in 20 knots of breaze.
That said, I really think it depends on the people sailing the boat. There are alot of good boats out there. The Soveral 33 and 30''s, Evelyn 32, J-33 and others. I have done an extensive search on race results. It turns out you can win with any boat. Some boats win more often. Some never seem to win. I have beaten boats that rate as low as 81 in PHRF with my 3/4 tonner boat for baot. I have had other owners of the same boat beat me quite soundly on handicap.
My advice, find something you can win in, that you like the layout of, and practice, practice, practice.