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Jens Vester 24th December 2011 03:35 AM

Le Defi 2011

Did anyone participate in the long distance race "Le Defi 2011" ?

What board size (iSonic) + sail size can you recommend ?

Please state your weight for comparison reasons.

Regards Jens DEN-272

NED136 9th January 2012 02:35 AM

Hi Jens, I did (and also races before). Difficult to recommend a board and sail size as it depends a lot on weight, experience etc. Wind is between 15 and 55 knots so take all you have. Water stays very flat as it is off shore wind when racing. Difficult thing is that at the start and sometimes at gybe marks (because of 1000 sails) and during the race there can ben big lulls (as happened in 2011). So if your rigg for 30 kn with a small board and sail you will probably have problems floating at the start and maybe at the gybes. So I used a bit bigger board and sail then normal. Race sails and boards def help because of the wind range. In 2010 (25 - 55 kn during races) I used Isonic 122 / NP 7.8 and less. In 2011 (one race with big wind lulls) I used 122 with 7.8 where I should have been using 144 and 8.6 as I was not planning half of the time. I probably go in 2012 and will bring 101, 107, 122 and 144, sails 5.5, 6.2, 7, 7.8, 8.6 and 9.5.... I am 96 kg.

Jens Vester 16th January 2012 03:20 AM

Hi, Thank you for the insights.
I've decided on next year sails: Severne Reflex II 5.6, 6.2 7.0 & 7.8

I'm still in doubt about which two 2012 iSonics to go for.

I'm just 80 kg so I'm very tempted to get an 86 + 107.

Do you think the 86 ( again with 80 kg) is of any use a Le Defi ? It seems the condition are wildly changing from day to day and over the long course. I could really use that board at my homespot for GPS blasting....

My alternative combo would be 117w + 97

Regards Jens

NED136 17th January 2012 12:07 AM


Yes 86 and 107 should be excellent. Officially the race is started with 15kn or more, but in reality if the race starts then the wind is a lot more because when there is enough wind, there is usually a lot.

And don't hesitate to bring even smaller sails...

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