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Old 25th January 2007, 12:54 AM   #8
James
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Default RE: Early planning gear light weight sailors

Hi Han,

I think that a 75-80 cm wide board and an 8.5 would be a good alternative to formula for a light guy. With pumping you could plane in about the same wind strength as a heavier guy on formula gear (a little over 10 knots). Of course I think an even wider board would give you and extra boost, like in the nice picture posted by o2bnme .

I weigh 155 lbs and based on my experience, my best estimation of minimum planing thresholds for me is:

10 knots or less: Can only plane with 10-12 m sails on Formula board
12 knots: 144 liter F2 Xantos with 8.5, or hypersonic with 9.4
13 knots: 125 liter Bic Techno with 7.5
14 knots: 99 liter Carve with 6.9
16 knots: 99 liter Carve with 5.8
18 knots: 99 liter Carve with 5.2, or 77 liter waveboard with 5.8
20 knots: 77 liter waveboard with 5.2 (my favorite combo)
~25 knots: 77 liter waveboard with 4.2
~30 knots: 77 liter waveboard with 3.4
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