Regarding the ARC, not surprisingly the big monohulls are on the lead and among them two smaller monohulls, a Pogo 40 and a Knierim 49. A bit back the two fastest multihulls, the Neel 45 and the Outremer 45, also sailing among bigger boats but followed not far by a Oyster light wave 48, a Grand Soleil 46, a Fountain Pajot 48, a Outremer 51, a X 572, a Grand Soleil 43, a Pronavia 42, a Pogo 50, a Lagon 560, a Dufour
560, A Jeanneau
57, a Hanse 575, a Halberg Rassy 54, a Grand Soleil 52.
Looking at smaller boats, with 43ft or less, a Pronavia 42 and a Grand Soleil 43 rules. The Pronavia is a Swedish cruiser racer and a very rare boat. Many Pronavias 38 were built but very few 42. A very nice and fast yacht. The Grand Soleil 43 is a big production sailboat, an Italian one and one that for some years I which I had the money
to have one
. A very nice performance cruiser with a great cruising interior
. The Grand Soleil 43 is very near and chasing the second Outremer 51 and a bigger Lagoon 560.
Then a Wauquiez 40s, a performance cruiser with a great cruiser interior
that I recommend as great buy as an used boat
. It is possible to find some at a fair price
. The Wauquiez 40 sails
side by side with a Jeanneau
Sunfast 3600, also going very fast.
Close a very impressive Luffe 37.09. That is a very famous Danish old design that is still made by Luffe (that also makes more modern yacht). A very narrow boat that has been slightly actualized in what regards hull
design (this is one of the new ones), a boat that excels in upwind sailing but that is showing that it can be sailed very fast downwind too. That comes as a bit of a surprise for me.
Regarding what I said about the Luffe 37 going very well upwind, here you have one beating a Dragonfly 35, a very fast multihull and one with a good upwind performance. Also a movie
with the exact same boat (Furia), the one that is making the ARC, cruising in Greece
Very near comes also a surprising Dufour 34p, sailed at the same pace of a 2 Pogo 12.50 and the fastest among the smaller cats, 3 Lagoons 450 and also 2 bigger Lagoon 52 and a Fountain Pajot 58.
At the same pace of these cats another very interesting performance mono-hull, a Maestro 40, a Finnish boat. I was interested by this boat (for myself) and exchanged some emails with the designer
, a very nice guy. It looked very good to me with a great cruising interior and it seems I was not wrong about the boat sailing potential. Some photos:
Near this group and just a little back,a Reflex 38, that is just a Pronavia 38 with a better cruising interior. A very interesting performance cruiser and a very seaworthy
boat and a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 439.
All these boats are on the forward part of the "passage" on a second group, after the big ones, surrounded by bigger sailboats, among then the More 55 that without going slow is not showing the performance I was expecting.