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Owner: Brian

Member#: 1874
Registered: 03-05-2006
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4th September 2006
Windsurfing: Shoreham
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: F3 - F4
Surf / Sea State: Flat
Air Temperature:
Sea Temperature: Warm
Weather: Hot & Sunny
Max Speed:
Distance Covered:

First outing on my new sail (replacement for the 7yr old Retro) was initially a bit dissappointing...

New sail feels heavier in the hands than the old, despite being made from noticeably thinner monofilm, and has less bottom-end drive when set up for light winds. Frustrating actually.

After 1/2hr of constant re-tuning (hail to the Power-XT!!) in just-too-light-to-plane winds, I'd started to suss out the set that the sail likes. When set as powerful as possible (it just doesn't ever fill out as much as the Retro did), it was just on the limit of what I'd call acceptable.

Once *just* planing, it still doesn't feel to give as much pull as the old sail, but I'll have to do a back-to-back assessment sometime to be sure.

Then the wind picked up a force...
Spent the next hour very well powered up and screaming along, and I have to say the Gaastra is MUCH more stable and forgettable when blasting than the old Retro.
It was when I finally came in and realised that I had NO outhaul tension whatsoever, that I realised how impressive this was. It really has a massive "natural range" just like the magazine tests said.

Anyway, a good session in the end but it remains to be seen whether I'll be happy with the sail as a true replacement for the Retro.

Oh, and I get the feeling that it might be my last outing in a shortie this year... Lovely and warm though, with only one other guy out.
Toys Used:
Fanatic Bee 267 (90ltr)
Gaastra Matrix 6.5m



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