The big difference between the Infinity and the Freeride will be the
higher foot. Otherwise, the Infinity is a wonderful sail.
I am not convinced that the Freerides have any more power than the
Infinities for 2007. Both have a greatly increased draft. The floppy
leech is reduced but not completely and the downhaul difference is not
as much as you think. They use about the same amount of outhaul as
before, probably more than most people use already since they've
always likde more than other brands.
What year(s) are your Infinities and what sizes?
Have you tried running just the bottom cam? If you haven't you really
should do so. You will never feel it there so it will feel completely
camless yet you will have a noticible increase in range on the top
With the single cam you will have much better control in gusts. Your
tuning will be almost completely with the outhaul. If your Infinities
are 2006 and older then I suggest rigging with medium DH and just
leving it there unless you are in WAY overpowering conditions and just
don't want to rig down. For moderately overpowering conditions, leave
the DH alone and simply add OH until your linea are balanced again.
The additional OH will make the sail noticibly easier to control. You
may find that you like this extra OH setting. It really locks the
draft in place and I don't mean by measureable amounts but very
Tuned correctly, the Infinities really are wonderful sails. They are
not the stump pulling sails that the Retros seem to be. They take a
little bit of wind to make them go but you can hang on to them in a
lot of wind and really enjoy the ride. You may find yourself sailing
with a lot lighter touch on the boom when you get that extra OH on it.
All of this is true with the SE Waves as well. They don't need a whole
lot of DH. Just use the markings on the sail and make sure you have
plenty of OH. Assuming your lines are in the proper place, add OH as
the winds come up to keep them balanced. For a given size sail,
Infinity or SE Wave, you should NEVER have to move your harness lines.
You should only need to keep them balanced with the OH.
Like Roger loves his Retros, I love my Infinitie and SE Waves. I've
been sailng them since 2001.
>Anybody had a chance to A/B these two sails?
>I've got the Infinity. Nice sail, but I find myself running
>camless more and more on all four of my Infinities.
>So far, it sounds like the FreeRides have a little more power per
>given sail area - having done away with some of the floppy leach
>Also, it sounds like they use a *lot* less downhaul and
>significantly (in the words of one person "enough to make my
>hands sore and need a foot on the boom...") more outhaul.
>Can anybody elucidate?
>Tunability? Range? Controllability in gusts?