"Roberts" anyone?

"Roberts" anyone?

Post by Steve Ca » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 07:07:00


I am considering getting a 94 "Roberts" 9'0" Course/Slalom for racing in the  
Gorge cup this year. Any informed opinions/recommendations? I have been  
sailing a "Seatrend" 8'8" high wind slalom but it does not appear to have the
upwind capabilities I will need. If I buy the Roberts 9'0" will the Seatrend  
become obsolete for me? Should I keep the Seatrend for pure slalom &
downwinders, or trade it for a smaller (meaner) racing machine like the
Roberts 8'6"? I know, decisions, decisions!!  :)

FYI, I am 5'6" and 145lbs. Sailing for 12 years, recently moved to the Gorge.

Thanks in advance.    

Steve Carr                       "Opinions sometimes my own, but rarely HP's."
Hewlett Packard Company
18110 SE 34th Street
Camas, WA   98607

 
 
 

"Roberts" anyone?

Post by Brandon Li » Sat, 09 Apr 1994 09:34:41

Quote:
>I am considering getting a 94 "Roberts" 9'0" Course/Slalom for racing in the  
>Gorge cup this year. Any informed opinions/recommendations? I have been  
>sailing a "Seatrend" 8'8" high wind slalom but it does not appear to have the
>upwind capabilities I will need. If I buy the Roberts 9'0" will the Seatrend  
>become obsolete for me? Should I keep the Seatrend for pure slalom &
>downwinders, or trade it for a smaller (meaner) racing machine like the
>Roberts 8'6"? I know, decisions, decisions!!  :)

A lot of the guys (and gals) who sail here (Squamish, BC) use Roberts
boards.  They used to be all custom made by Rob himself but now I hear
they're getting mass-produced (to some degree) at Thermal Laminates, the
same place your Seatrend was born.

They are definitely fine boards and I would think the 9'0" should go
upwind like stink, as his boards tend to have quite a lot of the volume
in the rear.  Their sharp rails can make jibing quite tricky until you get
used to it, though.  

Your high-wind slalom board wasn't built for course slalom, as you seem
to have found out in trying to keep up going upwind.  Perhaps using a
bigger fin or moving your straps a little farther forward (if you can)
will help your upwind capabilities.  I think that there's enough overlap
there with the Roberts that yes, you'll probably find yourself sailing
your other board less and less.

Geez, talk about an unbiased opinion.  See below.

Personally, I sail the 8'7" Speedster and sailors do blow by me on their
Roberts but 95% of them are also carrying larger sails than me.  I know
most of the sailors here are using his 8'8" or 8'9" designs, as I haven't
seen too many 9'0" course slaloms on the rigging area.

Anyways, there's a "moderately informed" opinion.  Now I'll get to see
how many Squamish-area sailors get this feed.

Seatrend+Sailworks=Speed
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Brandon Liew                               \   I used to be indecisive,     /



 
 
 

"Roberts" anyone?

Post by kwinner on B » Thu, 14 Apr 1994 17:06:35

Steve:

I've been using a Roberts hand-made 9'0 for the last year.
This particular board is for sale for $1200 neg.
Jocelyn Hrkach won the IBSA Worlds on it.  It has worked for
me in a few races also.  Not the latest, but not bad.

K Winner

 
 
 

"Roberts" anyone?

Post by Steve Ca » Sun, 17 Apr 1994 03:29:49

: I am considering getting a 94 "Roberts" 9'0" Course/Slalom for racing in the
: Gorge cup this year. Any informed opinions/recommendations? I have been
: sailing a "Seatrend" 8'8" high wind slalom but it does not appear to have the
: upwind capabilities I will need. If I buy the Roberts 9'0" will the Seatrend
: become obsolete for me? Should I keep the Seatrend for pure slalom &
: downwinders, or trade it for a smaller (meaner) racing machine like the
: Roberts 8'6"? I know, decisions, decisions!!  :)

: FYI, I am 5'6" and 145lbs. Sailing for 12 years, recently moved to the Gorge.

: Thanks in advance.

Thanks Brandon & Ken for the replies. I was lucky enough to work a deal with
Kirk Wessells (Roberts USA) and pick up both a 9'0" and 8'6". Both hulls are
the custom lay-up and were I believe, demo boards. Both are 94 models. Can't
wait to get out and try them! Suppose I should post a for sale advert for the
Seatrend 8'8" now!

: Steve Carr                       "Opinions sometimes my own, but rarely HP's."
: Hewlett Packard Company
: 18110 SE 34th Street
: Camas, WA   98607

 
 
 

"Roberts" anyone?

Post by JefWNDHN » Thu, 16 Jun 1994 07:14:02


Quote:
Liew) writes:

I just puchased my second Roberts board, a custom 8'8" slalom/ jump
board...I love it.  Trying to sell an 8'6" that was biult in 91.  If
you know anyone interested, please let me know.. Jeff Bunch
800-227-3810