Only the “box rule concept” ensures participation of the world’s top athletes.
ISAF has shown with its recent decisions on the women’s skiff and the mixed multihull that decisions are taken in the interest of the sailors. Let’s keep it this way !
As I understand it the Olympics will be 1 best sailor from each country so it is possible that a large portion of the best sailors in the world will not be attending the event.
Or would it go like Athletics where you have qualifying times!
EG: USA has the top five sailors, France has the next 4 and England has the next three.
This means that of the top 12 sailors in the world that could all win a race on any given day only three will be at the regatta and competing against other competitors that would not normally feature at the point end of the fleet and in real terms give the best riders from a couple of the top nations an even better chance for a gold medal!
But I guess providing the same gear is commonly used by the wider racing community this will most likely ensure other regattas will be well supported and held in high regard by the general sailing community as they all know there is limited opportunity to compete at the Olympics if their country has a large population of the best in their class.