I don't recall seeing the center line mainsheet bridle in previous editions. On multiple boats, when they are running, you can see a mainsheet on a bridle, with the regular mainsheet on the traveller slack. Is this a newer development to save wear and tear on the traveler, or did I just miss it...
My guess is they are both on port, but Alex in a W breeze while Armel is lifted in a light S breeze.
And the transition hasn't happened yet! But great "luck" to claw back 600 miles to make this a race again.
Think of it this way, 130 mile delta after a month of racing is 1% difference in performance. That's tighter than plenty of 'round the buoy races, and just as tight as the marathon results at the Rio olympics. The America's Cup races in SF average 2-3% deltas. Even 1st to 3rd is only 8%.
Right, but what you really want is an asymmetric polar. If you have two files, you are routing either with foils or without.
Ideally you would want to route with the foil on starboard tack, and without on port. It may be advantageous to extend further on the fast starboard tack, or sail a...
I found the specs for the Shaw 7 here:
The jib is 11 m2, so a good bit bigger than the 6.5 jib, and probably not something you want to hand with 2:1 and no fine tune.
Seems pretty clear no one on this boat is using a winch!