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tylerv 3rd August 2011 10:45 PM

Board and Sail Quiver

I have some general questions about an ideal board size and sail range.

Here is some background about the location I sail. It is a lake and fairly narrow so the waves are not that big. The wind blows from 8 knots on a small day all the way up to 22 knots on a windier day. The most frequent wind is about 10-15 knots.

Myself: I am 75kg and my level of sailing is intermediate: I can water start proficently and I am improving with footstrap use. Using the harness is something I am fairly comfortable with. I am learning how to carve gybe although I have not had success as of yet.

I currently am using a 125 litre board.

I have 2 questions:

(1) What would be the ideal board size if I only have 1 board? I would still like to be able to uphaul the board if I need to; when the wind is down and temperatures are cold.

(2) What would be the ideal sail quiver to sail and be planning in these conditions? Does it make a difference if I have freeride sails or wave sails?

Thank you for answering these questions,


Roger 5th August 2011 09:33 PM

Hi Tyler,
Sorry for the delay! I've been working this week on the other coast of the USA (3 hr time difference).
OK, if you are going to only have one board for 8 knots-22 knots, a wide 115-125 liter board would
seem to fit the conditions. How wide.... => 85 cm wide.
At 75 Kg. you can uphaul a 115-125 liter board fairly easily.
6.0m2/7.0-7.5 m2/ 8.5-9.0 m2 would be my choices.
May not get planing real easy in 8 knots of wind, even with a 9.0 on an 85 cm wide board, but
@9-10 knots you should plane fairly easily.
At 22 knots, a well tuned 6.0m2 should still be manageable.
Hope this helps,

tylerv 7th August 2011 07:20 AM

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Roger. All the best and I appreciate the time you took to help out!


Roger 7th August 2011 09:23 AM

You are most welcome!

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