RE: Apollo Vs F161
Actually I kite, but have finally joined the Formula world... or more preciely the free formula world! My feeling is hardcore racers might imbrace such a design, but perhaps the one board limit should be maintained. So if you pick the Apollo for the year, you have to use it even if it's blowing 25 knots!
However I do agree that upping the equipment war isn't ideal as it for sure hurts fair competition. However the Apollo is great for lightwind recreation sailing so provides a new opportunity for regular guys to get planning!
One aspect I do think Formula sailing should alter is max sail size! 12m is huge and means big guys keep the advantage. If sails dropped down to 11m max, then the big guys would have to go for a fuller slightly slower sail, giving the lightweights the advantage for a change!