The Harbor 29 does well in light winds mostly due to its monstrous 46 foot tall mast (50 feet off the water!). That's an incredible amount of sail area for such a small sailboat. It also does fine in stronger winds as we have three very deep reefs and running backstays. To balance out this powerful rig, Sakura has a womping six foot, three inch draft with a 45% ballast to displacement ratio. These numbers are off the chart for a boat this small. She couldn't be more different than our 42 foot, steel hulled, cat rigged schooner we used for our Atlantic Gyre research last summer. It's nice to change things up once in a while. I'm a defensive sailor, not an offensive sailor. I live by the motto "reef early, reef often." Nikki and I are not out here to break some kind of speed record; we are here to do research. Although, I would be interested to see how fast this boat could go racing around the marks in Annapolis.