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Old 20th May 2007, 04:48 PM   #11
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Default RE: Pros and cons of smaller sails on Formula

Thanks a lot to all of you for your inputs.
So, to sum it up my thoughts are so:
My formula/8.5 adds something like 50% to my TOW compared to the freeride gear and it works, great.
A bigger rig will add even more but:
For recretional use will I get the same TOW/fun with t.ex. a twin cam 10m2 early planing freerace sail compared to a 11m2 race rig?
Will I get a bit more planing (TOW) with the twin cam than the race sail at the cost of pointing and competitiveness??
The 10m2 freerace sail is less high-tech, need a little shorter boom and mast=better handling and less$$$..
Won't the freerace sail last longer than the pure racers? (a friend of mine got a NP 2007 race sail for his formula this spring, after four sessions it broke two cambers... it's a $$$$$ sail. Last year a lot of NP X9 $$$$ masts broke. Some of them on the beach when exposed to sunlight).

Anyway I will try and borrow a race rig one of these days, it may answer a lot of my questions
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Old 20th May 2007, 09:07 PM   #12
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Default RE: Pros and cons of smaller sails on Formula

Hi Per,

I think the 10.0 freerace sail and 11.0 race sail will have similar range and planing performance, and either would be a good step up in lightwind performance from your 8.5.

Personally, I would go with the 10m freerace sail, because you are absolutely right about the durability and shorter mast and boom. Also, there's much less rigging hassle, and a slightly softer, friendlier feel to a freerace sail, at least in the lower and middle part of its wind range.

Of course like you say, hopefully you can try before you buy.
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Old 20th May 2007, 10:18 PM   #13
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Default RE: Pros and cons of smaller sails on Formula


Freerace sails are more grunty, especially if you're looking for earliest planing in lowest possible wind because that's their primary design focus. A pure formula racing 11 m2 sail will have much more top end range than a 10 m2 freerace sail, again because that's their design focus. If you're not racing and don't want to have the maximum performance at all costs, then a freerace sail is a perfectly viable alternative on a Formula board IMHO.

As for durability between freerace and racing sails, I can't comment personally but my '98 ART TNT6 8.2 sail lasted 5 years and my '00 NP RX2 10.6 lasted 7 years before the monofilm started to become brittle and develops cracks everywhere. UV exposition while sailing is the sole and unavoidable culprit. The two battens above and below the boom on each sail broke late in their lifespan but were fixed quite easily. The top shear tip batten of the NP RX2 broke and was lost to sea (fortunately, I'd made lenght x diameter measurments of all battens when the sail were new, so it was easy to get a new home made shear tip).
Both a '98 North Viper Race 510 cm carbon mast and '98 North racing 220-260 cm carbon boom lasted 5 years before breaking. The mast melted and bent at a pressure point facing the top camber of the ART sail (rig left in the sun in a rig bag but I forgot to release the full downhaul) whereas the boom broke at the junction between the front boom tubing and front clamping head (obvious design flaw).

So in sum, a freerace sail is fine as well, you can't go wrong, especially on the co$t issue.

Cheers !

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