I'd like to point out a couple of things that, since you have not
actually sailed the Formula 155, that you may have missed when comparing
the Formula and the Techno.
> I have not sailed the Formula, but have sailed very wide race boards
> and they are more dificult to jibe. You are also restricted to a very
> wide arch jibe on a board this wide unless you do a snap jibe.
Yes, I agree with this statement when applied to most other raceboards,
but not the Formula 155. The F155 has "BEVELS" on the entire rail from
just behind the nose to just in front of the rear footstraps and
the planing surface at the back of the board. The rear of the board
has fairly sharp rails, for good upwind performance, but the entire
rail ahead of the planing surface is substantially "softened" by the
addition of the bevels.
I rode a prototype Formula 155 in Thailand last summer, with out the
bevels, and wow, what a difference in both jibing and in rougher
conditions. You need to try the Formula to really see how much the
bevels improve the jibes and the overall handling.
As far as being able to crank off tight jibes, as soon as I learned to
not step forward, and to apply the rail pressure progressively but
the F155 will jibe pretty tightly. It's a technique adjustment.
> The FORMULA will plain before the Techno, but I am also sure it will be
> blown off the water way before the Techno.
I don't think so. Most of the IFCA races being won by the Formula are
being sailed in 12-25 knots of wind.
> The Techno has a lot of V which helps it turn and helps it sail easily > in choppy windy conditions.
Very true! And this same feature, plus it's weight, are what keep it
planing really early, and inhibit it's speed somewhat.
> The Techno is WAY more durabel. The FORMULA is a sandwich board and is
> WAYYYYYYYYYYYY less durable, but it is lighter and stiffer.
We are talking a Dyneema reinforced WOOD sandwich board.
Much stronger than a hard foam/carbon sandwich.
I can provide you with the bursting strength numbers, if you
like, but here is not the place.
> The Techno has an ASA Plastic skin which will protect it from dings.
Except for the nose, which some repair shops are making a mold for so
they can just glass on a replacement.
My demo boards have been damaged, at the same demos that knocked the
off the majority of the Techno's, by the same sailors, using the same
In only one case did the full on boom hit penetrate the wood/dyneema
reinforcement in the nose. In the other cases the wood/dyneema was
dented, but not punched through. My "nose jobs" have been costing
$25-$60 dollars (the bad one was the $60) for professional repairs
at Fox Watersports, where they at one time had a whole bunch of Techno's
with some or all of the nose knocked off.
> The Techno also has a fun one design class developing. Racing is WAY >more fun in this type of one design class where it is not an equipment >war.
I agree with you on the "one design" aspects, but it's only here in the
US that we have "Tech 31" fleet.
In the rest of the world the Techno is an IFCA registered Formula
Windsurfing 31 class board.
I hope we soon will see a full FW 31 class here at more than a few
The Techno has been fully qualified to race in any of the national level
FW31 events that the Formula 155's have been winning.
> If you are only wanting early plaining FORMULA
Right on! But don't forget the Formula works really well for
smaller sailors up to 20 knots/6.5 and for bigger sailors
earlier than anything else on the water up to about 25 knots/6.0.
> IF you want a great all arround board you can use from 5.0 to 9.5, rip
> jibes, and even race TECHNO is the call.
OK, I give up. I personally will probably never be caught on a Formula
a Techno, unless it's during a high wind race event.
Below 6.5, I'd rather sail/race the FW "slalom class.