Hi Eric, what about your summer sailing? Looking at the video (nice one) it looks you are having fun ;-)
Who said that? Bob Perry? He said an Oceanis 38, also designed by Finot/Conq and with some similarities in what regards hull design, looked like a bloated tennis shoe :-)
The truth is that Sailnet is one of the most conservative boat forum around (to be nice) and the thread that I started with the same name as this Blog was really against the current but remember that you once were around that site :-) Among hard conservatives and outdated boat designers you will find there also a substantial number of Americans interested in contemporary design, a minority but even so meaningful. By the way do you know that probably the majority of followers of this Blog are Americans? Probably a fair number of them followed the original interesting sailboat thread.
Regarding Pogos, this year I only saw one, a 12.50, in Kea, waiting as me and a Boreal 44, the bad weather and high winds to subside. The first one to leave was the Pogo, I leaved the next day (my wife really hates high winds and nasty waves) and the Boreal with a full crew staid there waiting for a better window so, I would say that the "pointed shoe box" is not only fast but is not afraid of bad weather LOL.