One question....how in the heck would spectators follow all of that???????
I still can't believe so many people think a drastic number of boats are sandbagging. Just because a boat can run 100mph alone does not mean it can nor would be safe to run in a race environment. OPA does a great job of looking at the ENTIRE package (power, boat length, experience, etc) before dictating where a boat should/will race.
Everyone talks about top speed but rarely does anyone talk about acceleration. Some may view this a sandbagging but having the power and the prop selection just means you will more acceleration at the start and out of the turns. The boat STILL has to be dialed in to run the number flat out. How is that not running "Flat Out"??? Maybe I'm wrong but that is how I view the perfect setup...not one were its prop'd to run over then governed by hand.
What's in place works and will be continued to be refined I am sure. One thing I would like to see in the future is telemetry. Cost has come WAY down on this and with the right system it would show in REAL TIME when a boat breaks out, what place it is in, etc. This information could then be used to populate a display similar to horse racing or nascar where the racers # is displayed. Add a class number and bingo now the spectators know what the hell is going on out there.