|24th October 2006, 03:25 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Formula Sail Sizes?
Thanks guys (particularly Roger) for all the advice regarding the ???Help-Water in the hole??ť thread. My wonderful SB 160 is nearly dry now.
My next question is about sail sizes. What should I have in my Formula quiver? How many sails? What sizes? What are the optimum gaps between sizes?
I realize that the answer depends on a number of factors:
Weight ??? 96kg. Heavy you might think but without wishing to brag ??? it is mostly muscle. True, I could loose a few pounds but that wouldn???t make much difference.
Strength/Fitness ??? Something I have always tried to maintain having been an athlete in my youth. I still train 6 days per week ??? a combination of resistance training and CV work on a Concept 2 rower.
Windsurfing ability ??? Despite having been an instructor/trainer and racer for many years (mostly long boards) ??? it still could/should be better but I seem to have found my niche in Formula.
Where I sail ??? Next year it could be anywhere as I plan to enter both Inland and Coastal competitions. (5 of each plus a National Champs)
Funds available ???always a problem but like most Windsurfers, I tend to find ways of justifying spending.
I have gone from WB12.3m to Gaastra Nitro 4 12m and now to a NP RS5 11.6 as my largest sail. Should I, at my size, go back to a 12.5 or not? And what are the logical step downs?
Your wisdom gratefully received