well to say also something for NCX...It was my first sail, I did not use a higher carbon content (15%) and the condition are not always perfect here.
After I did the experience with element I have to say I like it more the NCX, but I do not mean NCX is not good. Have to repeat again, for comfort (not top speed) and ease of use and/or learning I would try Gator.
Personally, I did not try it yet...but I plan to buy some mid size Gator for low wind waves (6.5 or 7.0)...big I know, but I am not small either.
PA 86 & eVo 100 (with S-1); iS 101 & 122 & 144 (with Overdrive)