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Forum: Free Forum 22nd December 2010, 05:13 PM
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Views: 5,203
Posted By Aco
Interesting info and suggestions in this (old)...

Interesting info and suggestions in this (old) post from March 2008.

Having owned more than 10 SB boards and enthusiastically followed the SB innovations from Formula to the longboard revival with...
Forum: Ask Our Team 2nd April 2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,618
Posted By Aco
Serenity Hydrofoil > Any Plans?

In short:
Does SB have any plans of introducing a Hydro-Foiled Serenity or similar?

There is some hint of this on...
Forum: Ask Our Team 2nd February 2009, 10:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,079
Posted By Aco
Hmmm....the low-wind topic is an interesting one...

Hmmm....the low-wind topic is an interesting one for me:
in 8 kts I believe you would have some trouble to confortably plane with the 10m sail.

Furthermore, I believe that @ that windspeed even...
Forum: Ask Our Team 2nd February 2009, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,079
Posted By Aco
Hi Peter! I weigh 73-75 kgs, but before...

Hi Peter!

I weigh 73-75 kgs, but before making any comments I should add the following:

(a) I absolutely LOVE planing with a Formula and
(b) I absolutely HATE slogging with a Formula...
Forum: Ask Our Team 4th January 2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,242
Posted By Aco
Hi All. I agree 100%. Excellent...

Hi All.


I agree 100%.


Excellent point!
I haven't thought about it, but Formula rules probably don't outrule isonics?

If this was the case and if ANY isonic would be faster than Formula...
Forum: Free Forum 2nd January 2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Hi Floyd and Unregistered. Sorry, but...

Hi Floyd and Unregistered.


Sorry, but having made the comparison on the water I cannot agree:
as already written above, me nad PG have tried it and Formula was unbeatably faster than Slalom...
Forum: Free Forum 2nd January 2009, 03:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
You are mostly right - I would just make a small...

You are mostly right - I would just make a small correction:
"people USUALLY don't sail formula on a 90 degree reach in 20+ knots"

The reasons they do not sail Beam-Reaches is because they are...
Forum: Free Forum 2nd January 2009, 05:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
The intention of my comparison was not to ...

The intention of my comparison was not to
"raise Formulas by comparing them to Formula 1"
and
"humiliate other boards by comparing them to VANS"
but rather to exaggerate the differences in order...
Forum: Free Forum 2nd January 2009, 05:29 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Hi Unregistered. Maybe I did not explain...

Hi Unregistered.

Maybe I did not explain enough into detail:
by VMG I intended "Velocity Made Good" over a broad range of conditions and points of sail.

I sail Formula and Slalom and in 20 kts...
Forum: Free Forum 1st January 2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Hi Unregistered. No, we are not at all: we...

Hi Unregistered.

No, we are not at all:
we are having a serious discussion with arguments to each claim, including the ones that follow in this post.

If you read the following please keep in...
Forum: Free Forum 1st January 2009, 12:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Well said - all of it. I agree with everything,...

Well said - all of it.
I agree with everything, especially with the last sentence:



I would only add that while in 20 kts all you mentioned is fun, in 10 kts only one is - and we all know...
Forum: Free Forum 30th December 2008, 02:34 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Hi Floyd! Many sailors don't realize that...

Hi Floyd!

Many sailors don't realize that Formulas (when in the right hands) are not slow at all in a breeze:
I am confident that an experienced sailor on a Formula would NOT come last at Le...
Forum: Free Forum 30th December 2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
To me 18ft Skiffs look like tough cookies: ...

To me 18ft Skiffs look like tough cookies:
maybe we beat them in a breeze, but as soon as the wind drops below approx. 12 kts it is probably game over (not to mention if it falls below the planing...
Forum: Free Forum 30th December 2008, 02:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Hi all. This is highly different between...

Hi all.

This is highly different between sailors:
for some of us (me included) it is a LOT of fun, even in those conditions.

For this one Carlos has exactly the point:

Simply put - if you...
Forum: Free Forum 25th December 2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,361
Posted By Aco
Because there is no faster Windsurfer on a...

Because there is no faster Windsurfer on a Windward/Leeward course, even @ that windspeed.

Actually, in 20+ knots I have a hard time figuring ANY faster WW/LW sailing vessel...

With Kind...
Forum: Free Forum 23rd November 2008, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,651
Posted By Aco
Thank you for all the information Remi. My...

Thank you for all the information Remi.
My dealer has confirmed me that the Apollo 2008 is not available, but that there is an Apollo 2007 available.

I have now the following possibilities:
(1)...
Forum: Free Forum 19th November 2008, 12:39 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
I agree with you, which is why I did not...

I agree with you, which is why I did not understand your quote to my post.

I have immense respect for Starboard and all the innovations they have made trough the years:
I own 5 of their boards...
Forum: Free Forum 19th November 2008, 01:54 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
This forum is about Oympic windsurfing, not about...

This forum is about Oympic windsurfing, not about "fun" windsurfing.
Olympic windsurfing is a really hard sport, but 'normal windsurfing' is a pleasure activities.
An Olympic ecquipment has to be...
Forum: Free Forum 17th November 2008, 10:13 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
For me, this is one of the biggest misteries in...

For me, this is one of the biggest misteries in windsurfing:

why do most "small gear lovers" have a so hopelessly, overhelmingly, unimmaginably tough time accepting that some windurfers (me...
Forum: Free Forum 15th November 2008, 12:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,651
Posted By Aco
Hi Remi! I have several race sails - which...

Hi Remi!

I have several race sails - which would you recommend for earliest planning?
(+) NP RS-5 11.6
(+) Gaastra Nitro 4 12.0
(+) NS Warp Formula 12.5 (2004)

The reason I have bought so...
Forum: Free Forum 31st October 2008, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,651
Posted By Aco
Thanks you all for the insights. Thank...

Thanks you all for the insights.



Thank you Remi for the explanation



In this case I would be grateful for some more advice to figure out whether to try to find a 2008 Apollo still...
Forum: Free Forum 28th October 2008, 03:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,651
Posted By Aco
Apollo 2009 ---> Why no Description?

Hi all.

I am in the final phases prior to purchasing the Apollo 2009 primarily for planing in as low wind as possible with my 11.6-12.5 sails @my 75kg and would be grateful if you could help me...
Forum: Free Forum 17th October 2008, 03:48 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
Of course not - this is just the widespread...

Of course not - this is just the widespread "Hi-wind" windsurfing jargon that underestimates the wind conditions as follows:

Hurricane ---> "Epic Conditions" (all the way...)
Storm ---> "Strong...
Forum: Free Forum 16th October 2008, 10:07 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
I know, but I believe that this is exactly the...

I know, but I believe that this is exactly the problem when 2-6 knots is the most common wind strength in most places around the world (here it is again blowing 4 knots right now...)

Why not?
...
Forum: Free Forum 16th October 2008, 03:10 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 33,582
Posted By Aco
I am even more interested in what racing is...

I am even more interested in what racing is proposed for the FOD class in 2-6 knots, which are BY FAR the most common wind conditions around the world? For example here right now it blows 4 knots......
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