After almost 26 years of windsurf racing, I wouldn't do it any other way.
I've been skunked on too small or too big of equipment before and it's no fun. I believe you should have the option to pick and choose what gear works for you and not be limited to a set of criteria that may not work best for the existing conditions. This goes for both light wind and high wind. We dont tell people they can't race with a 5m rig when it's stupid windy so why should we limit the bottom end as well? Let's face it, windsurfing racing like life isn't fair. Some racers will always have better equipment, find themselves with more time in the water, more money to spend on equipment, or just be more talented. Should we penalize those racers who might be a tad heavier by saying you have to sail with the same equipment as a lighter, younger fitter pro sailor? Putting a limit on the equipment we use just sets an another artificial barrier that gets in the way of having fun.
Bring what you've got and ride it is my motto.
Everything you need in life should fit in a VW van!
Yes, the conditions were a bit variable with lighter winds on the inside of the course but given the choice, I think most racers still preferred racing than sitting in the beach waiting for ideal conditions that may or may not have come. While everyone has to race in the same wind, the one variable you have control over is the equipment you select.
For me it's a no brainier- I pick the the equipment that's going to get me around the race course fastest not the one that necessarily gets me on the podium. While it's nice to get some recognition, the reward comes in proving you are the fastest.