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They've held the Nationals at Key West a couple of times, so they can take some rough stuff. It depends what you call rough, too. It's not designed to cross oceans, but you'll often see them racing in 25 knots or so if the crew knows what they're doing. The cockpit is big enough to sink the boat with if you fill it with a wave. IIRC, there was an issue on some of them with the cockpit lockers opening into the quarterberths. A wave coming in could lift the seat up and dump itself inside the boat, too. The next wave hits, and... At a nearby club, they found out that you need to race with the forward hatch clamped shut too. On a spinnaker leg, the bow submarined into the wave ahead of them. The weight of the water on the deck held it down as it found the open hatch and proceded to fill the boat. It went down so fast the crew was left treading water exactly where they had been on the boat. That one's still there, as far as I know, with the sails hoisted 70' down. Generally, they seem to take a good deal of abuse, but people tend to sail them close to someplace they can put into before conditions get too crazy.