|Peter (31698km): |
Duxbury Bay, MA. Cold, rainy, and not much wind when we left home, but I was eager to try the new Racing Blade 7.0. By the time we got to the water, averages were around 17-18 kn, with gusts to 20. And the Duxbury meter reads high (being about 50 ft above the water with a clean fetch). But the 7.0 had an amazing amount of power and kept me planing the entire time. Even better, planing through jibes was easy - the sail felt more like a freestyle sail than a racing sail. I had high expectations, and they were easily exceeded. Not enough wind to get an idea about top end, but the bottom end is very nice. Top end should be the same - the sail felt very locked in, from shlogging to 30 knots apparent wind. The SwitchBlade is a great sail, but the Racing Blade is a whole different class!
When the wind dropped, Nina handed me her 90 l board to submarine home, and took the slalom gear, planing nicely in 13 knot averages. She also loved the sail, and was amazed that she could plane through jibes even in the light wind. By then, the sun had come out, making the session even better (except that all that submarine sailing was way more work than the slalom sailing!).
Big thanks to Boro for letting me try his RB 7.8 last year, and selling us the "50 knot" RB 5.6 that Nina loves (and I still have not sailed yet..). Also thanks to Al for posting about his source - funny that getting the sails from Poland was easier than getting them from the US!
Warp 71, 2016 RB 7.0, TE RDM, MUF SW 36.
|Boro (8941km): |
Washoe Lake, NV, US
PD 115, RB 8.6, F-HOT 39.
Finally some wind at Washoe Lake today. Something like 15 knots gusting to 25.
|denisspb (8629km): |
Light wind session. Broke the mast last time at Washoe and didn't have time to fix my 8.5 sail and 7.5 was not always enough. Tried to compensate sail size with a bigger board and started on 135L Grand Prix, it was okay but not better than 115L Manta which I used after, one size bigger sail would be better for both.
Even though GW60 was showing 3-4 knots faster after each run it was only within no more than +/- 0.1 kt after upload on KA72 and GPS Results
koncept 7.5, Spitfire 42cm
Washoe Lake, NV, US