I watched a great documentary about some young guys with an Olson 30 who sailed the 2016 R2AK. They were in it to place near the top. Their competitors were on fast cats and trimarans that did well in light as well as heavy air. The key to the race is having a way to move the boat when there is no wind. And here is where innovation plays a big role. The team that was the focus of the film was called Hot Mess. They missed getting in the top 10 because of their lack of an efficient way to move the boat when the wind dies. It's a beautiful movie and you get a feel for how difficult this 750 mile race is. They finished the race in 6 days and change.