And boy, oh, boy is it an absolute joy to sail, as we discovered on a gorgeous afternoon last summer on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. In a dying northeast breeze of 6 to 8 knots, we tacked upwind and registered 6 knots of extremely close-winded boat speed. With a powerful, fully battened main and self-tacking, 100-percent, fractional jib (a 105-percent genoa with dedicated primary winches is also an option), we had plenty of horsepower for the rather squirrelly conditions. The tiller was feathery and light, the motion sweet and solid. Optimistically, we hoisted the big asymmetric kite just as the breeze died altogether. It seemed like the fun was over until we spied dark patches on the water filling in from the south.