I think once they have all used foils a lot more the foil racing will be like that, the leader at the 2nd mark will win. The foils stay planing in lulls and around the marks, so there will be less overtaking, perhaps. In stronger winds and over larger chop, the fin skills are going fast over chop. With foils, you are above the chop. We will have to wait and see.BTB wrote: ↑Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:16 pm
The short course with very gusty winds makes the racing very watchable. In almost all slalom races the guy out front on the 2nd reach wins. But not here. With such light wind at the 3rd mark this was very interesting as it was often a battle for control on the start line and many overshooting but by the time they were gybing for the 3rd time they were dropping of the plane and pumping to get going. That and the mix of foil and fin gave the race a very strange dynamic - great to watch.
A positive of foiling is fewer abandoned heats due to the wind dropping. I watched 1 heat where they were all using fins, the wind dropped at the 3rd bouy and they abandoned the heat. When 1 person was using a foil they carried on.
Interesting on-board view.