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Old 31st December 2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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I'm wondering if 117W will plane as early as 127 for someone 65k if limited to 8.5 to 9M sail or will 127 still plane earlier.

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Old 31st December 2012, 07:09 AM   #2
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Hallo,

that's a good question.
I can report my experience.
Planning is mostly skill.Being 75kg,with good fw background,it was earlier for me keep going with the 127/9,5/48 than my buddies with smaller gear.But I use to sail with a same weight guy who more or less goes as quick as me using 2012 117w/8,7/44.
Note that "freesailing" is different than comp (where you always have people covering you or dirty wind).
I've just bought the new 117 (holding my trusted 127!) and hope to figurate out as soon as possible the way to go for my need.
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Old 1st January 2013, 01:26 AM   #3
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Thanks for your answer I would be interested to hear what you find out. I'm not racing just drag racing friends but this board will be my light wind board so need it to be the earliest planner even if not the fastest.
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Old 2nd January 2013, 02:57 AM   #4
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Tough to say whether one would plane earlier than the other ... comes down to how much work you put in to it.

I have both the 127 / 117w. Raced the 117w on the PWA in 2012, and the 127 in 2011. My consensus is that I can get both boards on to the plane in the same low winds; I may just have to work a little more with my legs on the 117w to make it really pump up on to the plane... once planing in almost all wind conditions I find the top speed to be almost identical on both boards...

Where the BIG difference lies in is planing out of gybes and staying on the plane in lulls. The extra width on the 127 makes a big difference here and if you do a gybe in very light winds it's easier to keep the momentum and keep on the plane where the 117w can sometimes feel a little small and you can feel the fin depower under your feet when it's really, really light. (ie, sometimes on a run i may have to take my back foot out of the footstrap and place it in front of the strap on the 117w to keep it on the plane if it drops below 10 knots, whereas on the 127 I could just keep that tiny bit of fin pressure to keep my foot in the strap).

I will continue to race on the 117w instead of the 127 though as the tiny bit of extra lightwind ability of the 127 is negated by the 117w being A LOT easier to gybe when it's powered up as I'm not such a big rider.
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Old 2nd January 2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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Thanks Sean that's the information I was looking for and tells me what I need to know.
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