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Old 5th May 2008, 02:47 PM   #21
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As much as we like it or not- we are in a gear centric sport. We can dumb it down with kits like the RSX or FOD where 1 size fits all but the beauty of the windsurfer has been the ability to match your equipment with your weight and race fairly around the course.
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Old 5th May 2008, 04:13 PM   #22
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... the beauty of the windsurfer has been the ability to match your equipment with your weight and race fairly around the course.
Would you be referring to the mighty longboard?
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Old 5th May 2008, 04:48 PM   #23
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Would you be referring to the mighty longboard?
No...I was referring to the formula class where a lightweight like Sherman can compete on a much fairer ground against a heavyweight like Albeau!
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Old 5th May 2008, 05:12 PM   #24
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Hi,

Any questions to the team:

- How about the boom? It will be stronger than actual alloy booms? When we will see this boom on market?

- How about the sail? It looks like 2008 Overdrive 11m. There will co-exist 2 ranges or FOD sail will replace/rename Overdrives?

- The fin will be really custom or made by Drake?

- Construction for this FOD162 will be improved for durability? (Maybe wood/carbon?)

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Old 5th May 2008, 06:00 PM   #25
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what sail sizes will the youth formula one design class use. I know that it says 8.5 and 9.5, but who uses what size.

I think it is a good idea to get formula into the olympics, but non-planing windsurfing requires skill and tactics.

is the board planing in 6 knots of racing in 6 knots?

will starboard continue to support the raceboard class, because without similar windsurfing in the olympics, it could die.
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Old 5th May 2008, 07:08 PM   #26
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anybody here from starboard answering questions?
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Old 5th May 2008, 07:08 PM   #27
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So can anyone find any evidence for the claim that women and youth prefer FW? In at least two continents, more women and youth sailed the RB titles than the FW championships for their continent - and no, the RBers were not RSX sailors.

Add in the other racing classes and it seems like you'll probably find that women and youth DON'T prefer FW. Where's the evidence for the claim? Show us the numbers!

Same with the claims that "racers prefer FW". In at least a few major windsurfing countries, only a minority of racers choose to sail FW. Where's the evidence for this claim? Show us the numbers!

And as far as the "modern windsurfing is planing" line; well, can anyone show us a windsurfing that doesn't plane? Hell, even the bleeding Olympic Windglider planed.

Saying "modern windsurfing is planing" is like saying "modern snow skiing happens on snow" or "modern swimming happens in the water"...

If SB are going to make claims like this, they should pony up with some numbers to show whether their claims are true. How 'bout it?
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Old 5th May 2008, 07:43 PM   #28
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If SB are going to make claims like this, they should pony up with some numbers to show whether their claims are true. How 'bout it?
Also lets see this wonder sail: an 11.0 3 cam race sail that has a range from 6-30k!

...and the rest of the kit- 75% carbon mast and alloy boom!
Where's the R&D on this- or are the poor Olymnpic campaigners going to take the brunt of it again- just like they did for the RSX development program.
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Old 5th May 2008, 08:15 PM   #29
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I agree with #11 RSX sailor. For us, funboarders, or weekend racers, there are no difference what board will be in 2012. Almost all RSX racers are professionals. No one board can bring me close to them
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Old 5th May 2008, 11:15 PM   #30
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Hi All,

In FE we use only alloy boom and for exemple the Nautix one works great with the 11m, but the new one in the proposal is a lot stiffer and stronger. This kind of boom have be test during more than one year before too launch in production. This will show a new high level in alloy boom.

The avantage of the 11m for men and 9,5m for women is that kind of sail have a huge wind range and are more soft than Formula Windsurfing sails who are much stiffer with a short wind range but fast in that wind range. So this kind of sail who show us since many years his potential is much more easy to use, trim, durable and to pump. The 75% carbone mast also give an excelent performance with good durabilty.

The fin will be produce by Deboichet Custom and have be chosen to work in a wide wind range to have the best performance.

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