I'm toying with the idea of getting a singlehanded boat but I'm struggling to choose between a up-to-date A-Class (curved foils and rudder winglets) and a F16 (light weight with a carbon mast - e.g. Falcon/Bimare).
I current sail an F18. Our racing fleet is split across F18s, F16s (Solo and 2up), Spitfires and another (older) A Class.
I enjoy sailing with a kite and i appreciate the flexibility of the F16... but i'm attracted to the simplicity of the A Class and i think it may make me a better sailor.
Does anyone have any experience (or opinions) on how a well sailed modern A Class will perform in a mixed fleet? I'm assuming it will be 1st to the top mark.. but how much can i expect to lose downwind to an F18 or F16?