As I said in a previous post, the figure 8 course is appropriate in the sled (windsurfing) and kitewing classes. There were no complaint whatsoever from these classes, at least none that I am aware of. I also understand that one could think that since it works well in the sled and wing classes, it should work for the kite class, as we are also sailors. The only reason that I knew the figure 8 course did not work, or should I say dangerous for body collisions, is that we have tried it here in our championship. It worked okay when the course was long enough (over 1km or 0,6mi between marks), but was way more dangerous when the course was short (400-500m or 450-575yards).
One thing about the way the WISSA operates is that there is no continuity with the race committee. Every organizer is responsible to provide a race committee and, from what I know, little if any information is carried from year to year to the next racing committee. Some years, the committee is good and competent. Some years, well, we have no such luck. This year, the head of the regatta was a guy that comes from the sled class, not from the kite class. Then there was one guy heading the sled and kitewing class, and another guy heading the kite class. Those two guys are, to my knowledge and appreciation, competent in their respective class. As it was explained to me, the head of the regatta basically decided pretty much everything and was not opened whatsoever to discussion, bullying his decisions on how to run the races for all classes. On the second day of racing, the kite guy stood up and was able to impose how to run the kite class races and things went well from then on.
One thing I have not mentioned. The event organizers wanted to have a "kite cross" event that included 3 disciplines: slalom races, speed and expression (free style). For the slalom, they thought it would be good to have two different paths, at the rider's choice (5 riders at a time): either you start port tack or starboard tack with a standing start, on the same course. That meant more collision paths at high speed. Many kiters expressed very high concerns about this and did not want to do it. Finally, we settled for one course with 5 marks, a start line, a finish line and a running start, 5 people at a time. Otherwise it would have been a demolition derby.
People that organize such events all have the best intentions in the world. It is not always easy. For example, last year, the event had to be moved from one location to another 75km away, as the original location had been declared unsafe by the authorities two weeks prior to the beginning of the event. It was the first time in decades that the location had been declared unsafe so early in the season. Many volunteers that lived minutes from the original location now had to drive for almost one hour to do their "volunteer work". As you may expect and understandably, many volunteers would not do that additional 150km/day for 6 days. Plus the city where the event was to be held and many local sponsors decided to call it off on their side, depriving the organizer from money he had been promised. And this year was not short of pre-event catastrophes either. It is almost a miracle that this event can take place year after year, a miracle made by those organizers.