They certainly gave up time and the lead by poorly executing the foiling tack itself, however, the tactical choice to cross the course is what really killed them. They may have survived being slower through the water, if they hadn't sailed a course that was both longer than arguably more exposed to head current when it mattered most.
I think the boat is just a mess right now, in the scheme of competition at this level. Very possibly due to the loss of experienced crew, but they brought that on themselves.
Exactly... Poor Kostecki, I hope they had him on suicide watch overnight :-)
Brad Butterworth definitely wins the Cheap Shot Sweepstakes, however, with his comment after the race on NBC about the decision made at the bottom mark, that "the inmates are now running the asylum"... Very disappointing, that's the sort of thing you'd expect to see posted on SAILING ANARCHY, not heard from a fellow sailor of such high caliber, at that level of the sport... Perhaps it was intended as a joke, but it sure didn't come off that way...