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Guest 6th July 2007 10:34 PM

How fast can you go with your F161?
This year, my bodies and I are trying very hard to break the 30 knots with our F161, but we have not able to make it.

Can any one give us some tips or let us know you have sailed faster then 30 Knots with your F161? set up and condition.


Ken 7th July 2007 02:19 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
Big winds, flat water, small fin, 90kg+ body weight, a good race sail, excellent skills and big balls.

My best is 27.5 knots on a F147 in 2005 with a 68 cm Curtis fin, 7.5 Gaastra sail in off shore winds of 25+ knots, but I think I am too small to go really really fast. I weigh 80kg.

I now have a F160, but haven't broken 27 knots again.

Anyone that can break 30 knots on a formula board has my admiration. Good luck and let us know how it goes.


Guest 7th July 2007 02:50 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
iS133 7.5 40fin, ~15-18 kts ~ 28kts in troubled water ==.5 ~ 1 mtr random chop at very short intervalls (<1s)

F161 MUST go faster in flat conditions!


- BIGSAIL (>=9.5)
- DOWNWIND (like in nore than just bearing off)
- keep your weight over the board leaning forward
and once again

Guest 7th July 2007 08:25 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
Thanks guys, but I wanted to know if anyone who has a formula 161 can go more then 30 knots?

Not because of speed sailing, but I think the F161 is slower then the F160 (31 knots) from last year.

My Set-up is:

NP RS-6 9.8
Kashy M 70
Weight 70kg

got some balls this year.;)

windsurferdagg 8th July 2007 11:25 PM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
that would be interesting if starboard had a place where you could record your speed on a certain board and than write down your other kit you were on. Interesting and would give an idea about different boards speeds etc

but ya would be interesting to see if anyone got over the 30 knots

pfaffi 9th July 2007 01:48 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
29,6 kn (Garmin Foretrex 201, GPS Action Replay 2s, spikes eliminated)
Lake Garda/Italy, north wind in Torbole (offshore), F161 SSR11,8, F1 70cm
flat water, strong gusts

Guest 9th July 2007 06:40 PM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
There is a place -

Have a look at the Formula speed rankings -

Rankings are best on the average of 5 off 10 second runs.

In the top 10 speeds there are only 2 Starboard Formula boards, a 159 and 160 (no 161s). F2 are strongly represented - not sure if this means their top speed in moderate winds (flat water) is better or whether they are just very popular in Holland where the majority of subscribers are based.

Steve GBR135

Ken 9th July 2007 11:59 PM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?

You hit 31 knots on your 160 and only weigh 70kg? Wow! Great going.

I guess the Kashy fins are fast, but 70 cm and over 30 knots sounds wild.

Remi 10th July 2007 12:36 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?
Hi All,

The important is to be first at the finish line and is not the top end speed who give this result, but the angle up wind, downwind and the ability to have a very good constant speed in any winds conditions.

But if you want to make a record , go for smaller fins and 10m² and it&#39;s possible to go over 30 knots. But this not represent Formula race anymore.

Have fun

All the best

Ken 10th July 2007 01:25 AM

RE: How fast can you go with your F161?

None of us are buying formula boards for speed, it&#39;s just fun to see how fast they will go.

A 100 cm wide board with a 10 m sail moving at 30 knots is impressive. I think even more so than a speed board and 6 m going over 40 knots.

It&#39;s just fun to push them to the limit. Actually, it&#39;s pushing the sailor to his limit.

If your point is that it doesn&#39;t matter that the 161 might have a slower top end than the 160, you are right. It&#39;s the other factors that determine who wins and who loses.

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