The boat is so 'extreme' it could be considered dangerous in anything other then benign conditions! There is no way the ASBA should have rules that allow for such a boat being so far removed from the rest of the fleet!
What makes the boat so extreme as compared to sports 8??? cause you can't beat it
Note: I abbreviated my comments above so not everyone has to keep reading them.
Frank, I used the term 'Extreme' as I believe Raptor has been designed specially to one edge of the available rules and taken this aspect to the limit. This being the weight. Extreme is not an insult. It is a description. In this case, Raptor has be purposefully designed to get a rating advantage. There is nothing wrong with this and a good rule needs to evolve in these situations to ensure the fleet remains relevant. If you go to far with this you end up with a boat that may not handle all of the conditions that we race in. Sailing is littered with stories of these types of boats.
There is nothing new in this and in many rules over time they have developed to such an extreme that the rule becomes useless and the owners and sailors move on to the next big thing. IOR and IMS are examples of this.
I would hope that the sports boats can steadily modify the rules that are in use to keep the fleet result close as they recently have so that all the boats remain relevant to the result. That is the way to keep people in the class and bring people in. At the moment, if a boat at one extreme of the rule dominates in certain conditions then that should be a concern to association and the rest of the fleet.
With regards to a result, it is not so much about winning/losing. It is more about the margin. No boat should be able to win in this type of rule unless they sail an extremely good race. Given how close the rest of the fleet results have been a poor set, a bad gybe, poor tactics or a missed start would cost you places. The rules should be able to evolve to take new boats into account and keep the current fleet from becoming obsolete due to just one boat.
BTW, Mark has contacted me and made some good points as well. He knows who I am and I am sure will have the chance to tell me what he thinks again.