firstly,,I hope ISAF is giving some credit to Bethwaite inc.,for directly borrowing the format from the 49er series designed to be exactly this.Unfortunately that series didn't get traction--methinks there was difficulty to use the sponsor funds to both pay pretty much ALL costs of all teams as well as provide a deep enough prize-pool to fill some prima-donna pockets,,not to mention the promotion people and event organizers
......I'm of a mixed mind on all this,,,as once being on the (VERY)fringe of the ranks of high-rank sailors--I'm happy for them that they won't have to contend with some of the sailors that 'all-welcome' events can attract.., there was a time when I could do a re-start,,then pass ~120 boats by the finish at a NA midwinters,,only to have a complete idiot hook my mainsheet on the next start-then start shouting about -his- rights
...methinks the separation is good the other way...for the same reasons that Gouv and all resent the circuit,,,the separation will allow classes to re-settle to the masses ,,perhaps not having to cater so much to the bleeding edge,,,it would be great to see a class like laser get back to a proletarian approach--big camp-outs,,parties,.a few less coachboats,,and yes fun/serious racing on the water ...it's amazing what -taking sailboat racing seriously- can do to dampen the spirit ............,anything that can separate some of the 'don't you know who I am' sailors from the fleet is a good thing for the sport..........
...hopefully the series will be funded by 'new' sponsorship money,,so that the other events that isaf funds don't get less funding dollar$... ..........oh wait a minute!!......isaf doesn't really do -anything- for the everyday sailor anyways,,,,I'm TOTALLY in favor of isolating that bunch!!