Designed with a fine bow, medium displacement, and a relatively wide beam, the IMX-45 sails well to weather, especially when handled by a skilled helmsman. "The boat feels good going upwind at speed," says Shulman. "It bangs less than any modern IMS boat, but since the entry is so fine, the bow can get pushed around a little." To sail the boat at full potential, you need to have a good main trimmer who is always working the traveler, mainsheet, and backstay." Unlike other IMX-45s, Temptress is rigged with an asymmetric spinnaker, which has worked well for the Temptress crew. "The A-sail is faster overall and we can sail as deep as S-sail boats," says Shulman. "But you do lose a little in the jibe because the sail has to fully collapse."