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a couple of months ago, in a thunderstorm over otherwise pretty smoothe water, we went "zero-freeboard" with a crew of four hiked what I suspect was a bit above that pace (in fact, maybe up around 10-12kts)...and then turned out of it because the wind was too unstable to bet on ourselves any further..
I think with better trimming and stable wind, it could cruise at 10 if there was enough counter balance - we had about 650 lbs windward and didn't feel like we could hold it 2 more seconds. I fault the captain (me) for too much sail, and perhaps some centerboard/rudder anemia, but it was fun while it lasted!
My estimate is not scientific, per se, but we were cruising faster than I could ever sprint on land (about 12 mph).
on a windless day, we can do 2 knots (somehow). On a breezy day, perhaps 5. On a day of wind, well, well see...but I'm more pleasure than adrenaline driven, so it may be a while