Doryman kindly dropped by with a comment on the 8 Metre Classic to say how similar she was to his own Phil Rhodes racing sloop Caper.
Sadly we don't have many Rhodes designed yachts over here, but there is one on the river. She's been up for sale for a while (over a year if I recall) and is currently without a mast, which hopefully was stored for winter.
She's a pretty sloop, not quite is the same league as Doryman's one design racer, but a good sea boat.
Sadly what puts people off these classic older designs is lack of space below, certainly compared to a modern boat.