As we exited Newport's harbor, I could say that we "beat" into the building sea breeze toward the open ocean, but that really wouldn't be accurate. Once we'd trimmed the powerful, in-boom furling, fully-battened main and 103-percent genoa, the heel angle was minimal (thanks to the deep, torpedo-bulb keel), we locked in to a manageable groove (thanks to the well-sized rudder), and "sliced" to windward with both power and control. But there was no "beating" whatsoever. Boat speeds were in the 7- to 8-knot range. My notes from the test that day describe the helm feel as "sweet," but that really doesn't capture the essence of sailing this boat either. Yes, the helm was silky responsive, and yes, it was well balanced and had just the right amount of weather helm, but something else struck me about this boat. I liked the fact that the helmsman isn't forced to look over, through, and/or around an imposing coach roof and that I could trim the double-ended mainsheet with a push of a button without leaving the seat on the coaming. I also appreciated the fact that the twin wheels have excellent sight lines and are positioned in front of a large, open aft-deck area.