Sermons from my pulpit are with tongue firmly in cheek and without any warranty!
Next time, it'll all be different.
The First 40.7 is similarly designed for a large overlapping genoa and I would not be at all surprised if they needed reefing in a Force 3 without a big crew. That does not mean they are not stable with a suitably reduced sail plan.
I found these 2 videos where they seem to be coping quite well in winds well over 30 Knots.
Wind Type___________________Wind pressure in lbs sq ft on:
___________________Round surface__________ Flat Surface
Gale___________________ 2.8___________________ 4.0
Strong Gale_____________ 4.2___________________ 6.7
Whole Gale______________ 5.8___________________ 9.0
April 25, 2017