Here is one definition of a performance cruiser, together with the answers to questions you may have about speed, motion, and shorthanding in these designs. The author helps you think about whether a performance cruiser is right for you.
Racing your cruising boat requires a completely different mindset, according to the author, and it can trash the interior of your floating home very quickly.
If you are thinking of racing your boat, you will be lot more popular if you know the rules. Here they are in .pdf form.
Here are typical steps you need to take before you can join a local PHRF racing fleet. Each PHRF district has similar procedures.
Yet another handicapping system used to rate widely different boats for racing on the same course.