The Race Officials Committee presented five options for the Events Committee
to consider for fleet and medal racing at the 2012 Olympics:
1) Moving the gate to windward, closer to the windward mark;
2) Up to 4 laps (rather than dramatic reduction in target times);
3) Windward finishes;
4) During Medal Races, a starboard rounding of the final windward mark with a reaching finish; and
5) During Medal Races, a single leeward mark.
Option 1 isn't new. ISAF have been doing this for several years, including the Test Event.
Option 2 isn't new. ISAF have been doing this when the course area is constrained. We did this at the Test Event. We heard loud and clear from athletes and coaches that they'd prefer more laps, instead of shorter times with 2 laps. The course areas in Perth and Weymouth are constrained. We cannot provide the desired race times without considering up to 4 laps in heavy air.
Option 3 might make sense in Perth for a morning Medal Race in a stable easterly. There is really no other practical alternative for involving the public in Perth in an easterly breeze. The final decision is up to the ISAF Technical Delegate.
Options 4 and 5 are new. Option 4 is specific to Weymouth. Option 5 might be worth considering for Perth. The Race Committee will follow the Technical Delegate's direction on this point.