Well I disagree with almost all of that. Yes it might have been according to the plan TR made. They didn't need to win the start, they were happy to tack and use their speed. Maybe they thought right side was favored.
TR was about 10 m behind at the start with minimal gap to windward. It would have been easy for LR to smoke them off. TR didn't have the option to continue on starboard, if they wanted to be in front at the first cross.
I think LR was very happy with their start. They probably started to worry when TR tacked right away when they still had good speed. Note how LR was faster almost all the way to the boundary. That's how much you loose in a tack vs. good acceleration before start. But TR is a faster boat and may have gotten a slight edge on the right side.
I'm sure LR would have been 50-100 m behind had they tacked and TR continued on starboard. I'm also sure LR had no plans of starting on the windward side of TR unless TR would have been in their bad air, which would have required winning the start with a huge margin.
Listen to the onboard audio, JS wanted "wide right" when they entered and FB agreed, well, LR did not get what they wanted, but TR got what they wanted, end of story.
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