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Here is a quite good description what it is like to sail on an open 60... ;)

"What conditions are the most comfortable?** Generally, any time the water is flat, life on board is pleasant, no matter how strong the wind. As the wind and waves build, it is progressively more comfortable on board the farther aft the wind goes. Upwind and reaching are a tedium of slamming into waves, ranging from gunshot sounds upwind to banging together two trash can lids while reaching. Until about 22 knots that is. After that, life becomes increasingly violent, and the boat's always heeling at least 15 degrees. It becomes necessary to pay attention to your movements, especially down below, where there are plenty of things to fall on. Outside, above 22 knots, there are always waves and water on deck and in the cockpit, meaning foul-weather gear no matter how hot, unless you are planning on just staying wet, in which case the apparent wind quickly has you quite cold. Upwind is bang bang bang like a war, and as soon as you're reaching, you're going so fast that it's like being on a runaway train-one that's constantly falling over cliffs but never crashing. It is super stressful on the nerves, wondering if you will get into the trough of a particularly big wave and nosedive.

Storm conditions on a boat like this are brutal. In winds over 40 knots, it's more or less impossible to go upwind, certainly not advisable. The risk of breaking the boat or your nerves is quite high, and the accelerations and decelerations in waves are like a car accident. Even downwind, over 38 knots, you've reached terminal velocity, and the boat buries into most of the waves. It's almost impossible to slow down. Even with three reefs and a storm jib, in 40 to 45 knots of breeze, it's possible to be pushed to 25-28 knots of speed quite easily."
From: How to Sail an Open 60 | Sailing World
Light and stiff means fast... And with speed comes the really violent movements...
Just my 2 cents and i still prefer speedy crafts over a fat truck... :)
 

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Wondering what the motion comfort would be if he only plodded along at 5 Knts like most blue water cruisers ?
Not very much different, apart from the fact that you would feel any small wave immediately...
Bow goes into a wave, you feel it standing at the helm in the aft...
And you are able to react to it in time...

Probably sailing is about choices... Either being on a heavy freight train, which gives you the illussion of safety, or on a light craft and try to be reactive and challenge, or avoid "the sea"...
 
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