Here is a fast boat with a very good pedigree.
While I have not been on this one, I have raced on a sister Santa Cruz
50 in San Francisco
Bay and offshore
, and can say they are very fast and fun (20+ Knots in downwind legs was fast and fun). Bill Lee (the designer/builder) had a motto of "Fast is Fun" and it fits this boat.
This is not an Open 60. It is obviously an older design. Still fast and a proven winner of many races including getting "first to finish" honor in a Transpac (and that was single handed by a woman sailor too). A proven circumnavigator too, built for the BOC Challenge race
. So I think that quailfies it for the "fast + offshore" passage
maker criteria you made in your thread topic.
Here is a link to this boat (and it is for sale
, but I have NO connections to the seller or owner). I am merely providing this link to illustrate this type of boat that could fit this thread's topic.
1986 . Santa Cruz 50' Custom Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
And here is the write up on this particular boat:
"This boat was custom built in 1986 for Hal Roth to race
single handed around the world in what was then known as the BOC challenge and latter became the “Vendee Globe” around the world race. The boat was sailed in the 1986 BOC race as “Sebago”. For the 1990 BOC race Hal Roth sailed the boat as “American Flag." Before the race he incorporated a water
ballast system of 350 gallons giving the boat an additional 3,000 lbs of movable ballast. This modification gave the boat an increase in up wind
performance of 3/4 ‘s of a knot
. Hal Roth wrote a book called “Chasing the Long Rainbow” which depicted his adventures in racing
solo in the BOC race. The boat gained further notoriety when in 1999, a woman by the name of “Anna Stockel” purchased the boat, did a major refit
including further modifications such as a taller mast
and wheel steering
and then very successfully sailed her, single handily to the “First to Finish” honors in the 2000 Trans Pac race. This is the last Santa Cruz 50 built in the United States."