I'm glad they're getting rid of this penalty. I got a new chicken chute for the 2010 race, and I was seriously thinking of getting an asym. I would've flown it off the standard J-length pole. I think it would've made a much better reaching kite than the S-sail I ended up getting. The only reason I didn't go for asym is because of the 3-second penalty, which is regardless of the area of the kite (it would've been much smaller than the standard O30 kite), or how it's flown.