Anthony has suggested that I mention the make and model of formula board which Gareth and I used in the JP Super Light/Formula comparison mentioned in the post below. I had planned to do this but at the time of writing could not remember the board's name so I omitted it. Anyway Gareth's formula board is a Bic Techno Formula 170l. His fin is a Select unit originally 70cm but cut down in length very slightly. This is therefor not a first tier formula racer but is a solid all round performer and a worthy control against which to assess any board designed for light wind sailing.
Andy has responded to my comments about the 3S LTD. He points out that he did not win any of the races. My point is that he gave a good account of himself against some of the fastest guys on the water on a board that is designed for fun, comfort and versatility. Unbelievable. I am waiting to see how he performs when he has tuned the thing for speed! He also mentions that he didn't plane out of every gybe. Just getting round in those conditions requires something special and to plane out of some of them at speed is an achievement. Once again major respect to Tabou for this awesome product.