Originally Posted by Ken
Interesting chart, but the top end range of the sails, particularly for the intermediate and amateur sailors is very high and frankly, WAY OVER reasonable limits for an 80kg sailor. A 5.8 sail with a top end of 35 knots for an amateur? 41 knots for a 5.0? I don't think so!
The Neil Pryde amateur sailors must all be PWA members racing the slalom circuit. They are over selling the range of their sails. I suppose the top end numbers could be true if you consider a few select speed sailing sites around the world with very flat water and very small boards, but even an 80kg amateur speed sailor would have a handful with a 5.0 in 41 knots of wind, and an intermediate with a 5.0 in 47 knots. Give me a break!
I agree with your comments, this is exactly why I said "orientation", namely, according to my experience the low-ends of these ranges are more or less ok and make a good reference, it is the upper-ends that are "overstretched", of course unless you are Antoine blasting down the "Canal" at Ste-Maries-de-la-Mer!