I would not mind seeing #1 tried in perhaps a few events. However, #2 has to stay out! That opens up the upwind pumping and would be totally bad! I think the Boathouse stated that upwind pumping does not help in breeze over 15. At 210 lbs I beg to differ. If I were in enough shape to do sit ups through an entire 1 mile upwind leg, (or even half mile) few would be able to keep up w/me in a 15+ breeze. The ONLY reason I'm open to the possibility of #1 is to show Fred I can consider new things!