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5th February 2014 09:11 AM
joe_windsurfer thanks Sean

heavyweights can set speed records in windsurfing, but still feel we are at a slight disadvantage in the lighter winds. You need a lot less to get going with less pumping to plane.

Keep up the good work - your input here is greatly appreciated !!!
4th February 2014 06:56 AM
SeanAUS120
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Originally Posted by joe_windsurfer View Post
Sean: What are you using in those light winds and how much do you weigh?

As an average joe windsurfer of 100 kilos, in those winds i use a FreeFormula with 170 litres and a 10m sail.
I cannot imagine myself out on 110 with an 8.6 sail even
I am 80kg at the moment! ... sure, a 110 and 8.6 is working for me but you will need a bigger board, definitely. I was recommending the above for 'Carve' who is 72kg ...

For yourself, the best performance in <12 knots, a 130 and 9.5/10 would be ideal. Basically what you have with the 10m/FF setup. The FF's have a much wider tail than an iSonic so would get planing earlier but are not as maneouvrable in the gybes - they sail a bit more like a formula board than a slalom board. But it will get you out there ...

If you got a few more knots you could get out on the 8.6m I think. But more like 16 knots and above not 12-14 ... I find the slightly smaller sail gets planing about the same time as the bigger one but doesn't quite hold it in the lulls ...

FYI the top riders on Starboard at around 100kg (Menegatti, Van der Steen etc) were using 130 and 9.5m in winds <10 knots and were able to plane on the PWA last year...albeit with quite a bit of pumping! But possible.
3rd February 2014 10:05 AM
joe_windsurfer
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Originally Posted by SeanAUS120 View Post
but certainly can have a blast on the 110 in anything above 12-14 knots and it feels great.
Sean: What are you using in those light winds and how much do you weigh?

As an average joe windsurfer of 100 kilos, in those winds i use a FreeFormula with 170 litres and a 10m sail.
I cannot imagine myself out on 110 with an 8.6 sail even
3rd February 2014 05:23 AM
SeanAUS120
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Originally Posted by Carve View Post
Hi Sean and happy new year!
I have now ordered a NCX 7.0 to compliment my Overdrive 8.6.
Oh wow...that is probably the BEST combination you can possibly own. You'll have fun for sure!! NICE :-))))))))
2nd January 2014 06:53 PM
Carve Hi Sean and happy new year!

I now got the Overdrive 8.6. Yesterday when I went to the beach and found the wind to light for freestyle I rigged my usual SCR 7.8, but hitting the water it was to small. Then I rigged the Overdrive and had a blast. The sail feels so light and glides so nice. Even slogging it feels small and at the turns it is so easy moving around that I find myself going for heli-tacks. Not that they work that good with the cam rotation, but the sail kind of foul me into thinking it is the most natural thing to do.

Compared to the Overdrive the SCR feels like a stone when I am not fully powered. Planing along with little power is hard physical work with the SCR just to hold it up forward. It first comes to its own with lots of power.

Coming home after sailing yesterday I decided it is was time to split with the SCR and sell it to some other wannabe pro. I have now ordered a NCX 7.0 to compliment my Overdrive 8.6. I am so looking forward to having fun with that sail on the 110.

Cheers
Asle
8th December 2013 05:35 AM
SeanAUS120 Hmmmmm, I'm not sure I can comment on the Maverx masts as I've never seen one before in Australia. Typically, if you put a 460+extendor instead of the 490, you get quite a soft feeling mast. The leach will sit really loose when downhauled and you'll lose a bit of shape in the bottom of the sail. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and to what extent you can get away with it and not lose too much performance will be how close that mast is to the Severne bend curve.

Just go for it, rig it. May have to put a touch less downhaul on so the leach doesn't collapse completely and see if the cams rotate (all masts are different diameter slightly...urgghh) and weather the sail feels ok. If not, beg/borrow/steal a Severne mast to get in there :-)))

I've been sailing my 7.5m NCX on my 2013 110 and 97. Still waiting for my 2014 boards to arrive later this week! The most fun I have on the 97 when it's powered up +20 knots but certainly can have a blast on the 110 in anything above 12-14 knots and it feels great. The 110 is such a nice board. I'm typically running a powerful 42cm fin with the 7.5m.
3rd December 2013 06:00 PM
Carve This is good stuff Sean I will probably have to get a NCX after I am finished pretending to be a pwa sailor with the Overdrive at my local spot, hahaha

This is to interesting to lett go:
First, what do you think of the Maverx Daytona 460 with a 33cm extension in the Overdrive 8.6? It will save me a 490 mast. Will the 460 work with my 72 kilos?

And, your sail of choice is the NCX. What would be you board of choice? An ISonic 110 or something else?

Cheers
Asle
Norway
3rd December 2013 09:38 AM
SeanAUS120 What would I be using?

The Overdrive. I got some for a photoshoot earlier in the year and sailed them a bunch in over/underpowered conditions. There is almost zero difference in top end speed compared to the Reflex. The difference is in the gybing - the race sails you can even accelerate out of the gybes ... with less cams you just slightly depower (not that much though, but enough that you'd get killed on the PWA).

That being said the race sails are quite specific on tuning, the Overdrives you don't have to worry as much to get the downhaul to the mm correct...they are just more forgiving sails and less hassle (less things to break), easier to rig etc etc etc...

All that being said... this year I bought myself an NCX 7.5m thinking it would just be a fun sail to have in the kitty for friends to use and fun trips. Literally have been sailing the thing every single day in anything from 10-30 knots. Sooooooooo much fun! Nearly as fast as the cammed sail (slower in the gybes and doesn't go downwind very well at all) but it's actually made windsurfing super fun and easy again! I think I'll be sailing no-cams as much as possible when I'm not tuning my racing kit! haha.
27th November 2013 08:31 AM
Carve Thanks Sean! This was very helpful.

I have ordered the 2013 Overdrive 8.6.

My current mast is a Maverx Daytona 460. I have decided to test it in the Overdrive to see how it works before getting a 490. Do you think it will work? Remember I am just 72kg.

I like what you say about not using race sails if you where not doing the pwa. It also makes me curious. What would you be using? The Overdrive or something without cams? Would you go iSonics or would you go for something easier on boards as well?

Cheers
Asle
27th November 2013 06:22 AM
OZI Well said Sean
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