View Full Version : Sail set: help

22nd April 2010, 03:27 AM
Mi friend, has a Futura 121 that uses with a Severne 7.5 Element (2 cams). He wants an smaller sail that cover a high wind spectrum with this board. Witch size do you recommend him? 6.0, 6.5 or 6.7.

Thanks a lot and
Good wind

22nd April 2010, 07:57 AM
A long time ago I would have said get the 6.5 but with the range of today's sails that has changed. I weigh 80 kg and I can easily get on a plane with my 6.0 Naish Redline long before I get blown off the water with my 7.6 Naish Stealth. Of course that is 3 & 4 cams, not 2.

So if similar weight I would say get the 6.0 and a smaller fin.


22nd April 2010, 11:26 AM

Goog wind

25th April 2010, 01:51 AM
I have a 122 futura and have comfortably used a 5.8 6.2and 6.5 . 7.7. 8.5. 9.5 without any great problems the 9.5 being just about on the limit but the 5.8 being fine. One of the benefits of the future(As I see it) is that as the wind and chop increase the board stays in control especially in chop so the need to change to a smaller board is delayed tried it with a 5.2 in 30mph sail fine but board far too big so 5.8 would be the smallest I would use(90k) Of course it depends on what you mean by high wind spectrum.There is a limit in the comfort level yes you could use a 122 with a 3.8 in 35knts but wouldn't be very nice.I would say that with a 121 size board anything below 5.5 then it's time to change to a board below 100 litres if you haven't got one then off to the bar for a few beers

25th April 2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks a lot kennatt.
Your opinion and review of the board, are very interesting and will help to my friend a lot for the sails choice.
Good wind

26th April 2010, 10:35 PM
Silver Surfer,

Your friend's weight has a lot to do with the the range of the 122 and sail choices. Knowing his weight will help with our advice. I weight 78kg and I find that jumping from my 7.6 to my 6.0 is significant (too big). I think a one meter jump in mid size sails is pretty good for me. The smaller the sails, the smaller the gap in size.

You can see my sails below, but I just recently added the 6.0 because I found the gap between my old one cam 5.7 and new TR 6.6 was too large, thus adding the 6.0. I probably will sell the 5.7.

28th April 2010, 10:00 AM
Hi Ken
His weight is 75 kg.
Thanks a lot and good wind

28th April 2010, 11:39 PM

Now the decision will be driven by money and dedication. An easy going sailor with limited funds my get by with a three sail quiver. On the other hand, a guy like me currently has 10 sails.

The more money you have committed to windsurfing and with a high level of dedication, you end up with a lot of sails with small size gaps between them.

For most beginning sailors, it's probably better to take a more balanced approach, so I would recommend a 6.5 for the next sail. However, he will find that he will need a smaller sail and a smaller board when the wind goes over 18-20 knots. A board around 95-100 liters and a 5.5 sail should be next.

29th April 2010, 11:48 AM
OK Ken
His dude was about 6.0 or 6.5 because he was afraid 6.5 were too close of his 7.5 Severne Element, or 6.0 too far.
Actually he has a 95l FreeWave that he use with 5.7 in waves, 4.7 and 5.3 in choppy water.
With a smaller and cambered sail under 7.5 he could get more great flat water days in his favourite board (Futura 121).
Thanks a lot and good wind

29th April 2010, 10:57 PM

If he has a 5.7 and 7.5, then a 6.5 should fit just right.

29th April 2010, 11:06 PM
Thanks a lot
Good wind Ken