The boat we tested in Annapolis was purchased by an owner whose immediate plans were to hit the Caribbean racing circuit hard this winter and enjoy the cruising in between. Hence, we were blessed with North 3Di sails for our outing on Chesapeake Bay, and a performance package that included a full suite of B&G instruments, boom-end sheeting, a cockpit-wide traveler recessed in the sole just forward of the helms, four adequately sized Lewmar sheet winches (mounted two to a side on the coamings) and two cabin-top winches for halyards, reefing and other sail-control lines, and rod rigging (wire comes standard). In not a lot of wind, maybe 7 or so knots, the speedo hovered just above 5 closehauled, providing proof that the sail plan is plenty powerful. Under foot, the boat felt solid as a rock, thanks to its displacement/length ratio of 188. Both Murphy and BOTY judge Mark Schrader noted that the moderate displacement would be appreciated on long offshore passages in any sort of seaway.