You adjust and tweek in practice but it's hard to test the ability to find and defend a starting lane without a start. How can you test your board against the latest and greatest from your rival shapers without open full out racing? There will be some races that are not running on the IKA production restrictions. I'm just wondering what they will be. Off the top of my head i'm thinking of the two back to back regata's in baja. Sounds like the Naish series might be in the same beer can racing mode. Oh and for the non sailors a bear can race is a weeknight summer race or races that are all about a fun time on the water followed by beer at the club. You grab your 4 knot shitbox cruiser with 15 year old dacron sails and learn how to get every last ounce of speed out of her. I'm finishing up the last details on a freestyle board right now and I'm trying to figure out my next board building project. Do I buy a cube of 2lb eps 180 by 70 cm and build a race board or a 1.5 lb 12'6" chunk and build a stock class racing sup? I know I will have plenty of places to race the sup. Not sure about the race board.
Damn I love beer can racing
The sport is way too young and in development for this production rule.
IF you want to play the game and build 50 boards and something is wrong with them such as a delamination problem, then you have 50 shitty boards and you have wasted your money
which is going to lead to less development in terms of going faster on the water.
Just a very stupid rule especially if there is production only events going on.