|Barton (5481km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
2018 GA Phantom, 2017 iSonic 127, Drake 44 Wind: 13-15 knots
Today was sail test day for me: Tuesday I briefly sailed my 2017 Vapor 7.9, today was the 2018 Phantom 7.8 . The most immediately noticeable difference between the two sails is that the cams on the Phantom will actually rotate without Herculean pressure on them :). They rotate very easily. Big Plus Phantom. As Taty has been telling me for some time now, the Phantoms are more comfortable/easier to sail so I will sail longer with less effort. Plus Phantom.
I did one intentional waterstart and one waterstart caused by hitting some floating seaweed. In both cases, even with marginally light wind, the sail was easy to manipulate and get oriented for waterstarting. In both cases it took a while to waterstart due to the light winds. Because of the narrower luff sleeve compared to the Vapor, the Phantom was easier to clear in preparation for waterstarting. Additionally, because the cams rotate easily, I was actually able to get them to rotate while I was in the water. I found it impossible to do this with the Vapor. Another big Plus Phantom.
Speed: essentially the same results between the Vapor and Phantom given the margin of error on wind speed measurements.
Bottomline: Winner for me - Phantom.
Everything that GA-sails said about the Phantom rang true for me, especially compared to the Vapors. I'm glad Taty pushed me to switch sails. I'm now looking forward to more time on the water and more fun on the water. Interestingly (to me anyway) is that when Taty is not slalom training, his preference is to sail the Phantoms because they are more comfortable to sail (hard core racer v. GT cruiser with both having close to the same top end ).
Below is a picture of my upgraded lightwind kit (2018 GA Phantom 7.8, 2017 iSonic 127):