Originally Posted by downunder
You are admitting it (Bedwolf) is a more versitile design that a flat bummed downhill flyer. I my opinion that makes it a more desirable vessel.
As others have indicated the Sydney
to Hobart is certainly not considered a downhill run.
I don't understand your point: do you think that a design that works better downwind is a more versatile design as a voyage boat? While voyaging extensively the trade
winds are used and certainly a boat maximized to upwind sailing would not be the better option.
Regarding the Sydney Hobart what you were discussing was this year's victory of Wild Oats over Comanche. If you had followed the race
you would know that it was mostly an upwind race
. You can check it on my blog since I followed the race direct and made comments about the racing
Out of the very light wind
conditions and upwind conditions with heavy seas the Comanche was way faster. You just need to look at the departure (beam reach) and the way Comanche recovered when the wind turned downwind, almost catching Wild Oats.