Upwind, considering the reduced sail, we hit very respectable numbers on the speedometer, topping off at around 5.8 knots. And once we cracked off, the speed climbed into the mid-6s. When perched on the cockpit coaming, both to windward and leeward, I found that the steering station was comfortable and that visibility forward was excellent. For the most part, except in the heaviest of the puffs, the rudder answered the constant course corrections with authority. In those moments when the boat seemed on the verge of rounding up, a quick ease on the mainsheet settled everything down; nevertheless, the mainsheet position, on the top of the coach roof and beyond the reach of the helmsman, isn't ideal.