Which direction are you sailing? Upwind, it's hard to beat the VX. But
it's worth the typical race sail hassles only if you compete at serious
In the B&J and slalom regimes, PWR testers strongly preferred World Sails
over Pryde's New Wave and NR Slalom sails. So you can get two pieces of
cake for the price of one, and eat it, too. The World Sails offered much
greater draft stability than either Pryde, and the New Wave was hurting
for low end power.
I bought a new World Sails 6.5 after testing one for PWR and seeing the
other testers' reports on it and the smaller World Sails. If my Hurricane
5.2 is not powered up consistently, I go straight to my WS 6.5 for
consistent planing, snappy boom-to-boom jibes, and no fear of any draft
drift until spray is getting lifted off the water in the gusts. For $352
Look at the construction and materials and judge for yourself. Sail World
uses top materials and rugged construction -- more of both than most
production sails. So why are they do damn inexpensive? No team riders to
support, minimal advertising, no middlemen. There are no hands being held
out between the factory and the retailer.
Who, me, working for World Sails? Naw, I just love 'em. And I've tested
well over a hundred sails the past 3 years.