About the Force 5... I had a chance to borrow one & race it aginst my sons, Matt in a refurbished Sunfish and Ben in a refurbished Chrysler Man O War. The Chysler was slowest of the 3 down wind ( perhaps because this was the 1st race for the boat and Ben was careful testing its limits) The Force 5 was truely in its element beating up wind in a good surf, stable in the tack, pointing well and generally well behaved. The Sunfish was hands down better in a the lighter wind, but as the surf picked up height and Matt being the lightest in the family by a wide margin, the little boat bounced around & stalled repeatedly on back of the waves.
I would be happy to sail the Force 5 again, and will have the opportunity to compare it directly to the Laser we're refurbishing in the garage right now... that should be ready for the water in a week or two