I bet that some that are following this thread are thinking: What do I care about 3 million boats (the Outremer
5x) or even 1.5 million ones (the Lagoon
62) or big boats. I do care about inexpensive small boats and their performance.
So let's ave a look at the smaller boats, that on the ARC
are boats with 46ft or less. In fact these are a minority. ARC is mostly sailed by modern boats and the modern tendency is to sail a bigger boat
, mostly mass produced boats, instead of sailing a considerably smaller semi custom boat that would cost the same as the bigger one.
The bigger boat would be faster, would have more stability and even if not probably offering the same durability, most sailors prefer to change more frequently a mass production boat, for a new and more updated model, than to keep a high-quality one for decades one that will become less modern and less performant with time.
The two best performances regarding boats with 46ft or less belong to a Grand Soleil 43, on the Southern route
and to a Lagoon
42 on the Northern route
. Both boats are going really fast and are being sailed on a very sportive way, but the performance and size are there.
None of them is a typical cruiser racer
, more pointed for racing than cruising and the Lagoon 42 is a condo cat, not a performance cruiser like the Grand Soleil. Once again the downwind performance of condo cats is demonstrated as their suitability for sailing on the trade
winds. Upwind there would not be any comparison between the performance of the Grand Soleil and the one of the Lagoon.
More boats with 46ft or less with a great performance: A Dufour
385 that sails
ahead but close to a FP Lavezzi
40, a Lagoon 42 and a Catana
42 that is ahead of two Elan 434, all going fast.
More to the South, a Lagoon 450 that is ahead but close to a First 40.7 and a Maxi
More to the South a brand new Grand Soleil 46 is ahead of Arcona 430 of a FP Lucia 40.
Even more to the South a First 40 is ahead a Lagoon 450, followed by a Leopard 46
, a Xc 45 a Dufour
455, a Dufour 44p, a Moody 45DS, a Comfortina 42 and a A35.
These are the faster boats, in different courses and making a different routing. It is too soon to see what will be the ones that will have made the best choice, even if I believe the best choice in what regards performance will be the one to the North were the Lagoon 42 and the Dufour 385 are sailing even if a more southern course would be understandable for comfort reasons.
Anyway, independent of the best choices in what regards performance, the comparison of boats on the same course and with the same routing options remains valid.
A mention to the slower boats on the fleet: A Dean 365, a Fortissimo 33, and a Prout 39.