The 53 shows the potential for generating serious power; she produces a sensation of momentum, not the same as simply going fast, of a powerful sailing machine settling down to the task of converting wind energy into effortless, quiet, forward progress.
Vicsail's Christophe Vanek is a racer. As we climb aboard he turns to me and says, 'You can do the runners today'. It only takes me about 10 minutes to work out that this is a joke; runners are an unlikely bit of gear on a boat like this.
The Northshore 369 has a solid, no-nonsense feel about it, which is purely subjective, but it is quite tangible. It makes a lot of sense for the club racer whose ideal week would include a weekday twilight, a Saturday around-the-cans and a Sunday family cruise.