Thanks for the input Bill. It's great seeing you share your
knowledge here the way you do.
I guess sail size doesn't make as much difference as I thought
when it comes to planing. I think that going bigger than my 6.5
will make a difference but I don't want to go too big.
I'm at the point where I'm just starting to make a few of my
jibes so that is what I spend my time doing on the water.
I know the sails are getting lighter and friendlier but have to
guess that it's not practical to go work on jibes with an 8.x
sail. Am I wrong? I'm thinking of going to a 7.5 and that
with the new sails the handling will be ok (and the synthesis
7.5 fits on a 460).
In light winds, I'm probably better off with a smaller sail
and bigger board working on sail handling skills,
pivot jibes, helicopter tacks, etc.
I got to demo a Windwing Race 7.7 a couple weeks ago and
was very impressed. Powerful and seamless camber rotation.
The demo was at Barton's shop. I had driven out (4hrs) for
the day with a SCA 20-25 forecast. Got on the water as
the wind died. Got a couple planing reaches on my 6.5
and 282. One of the guys from the shop had his gear ...
7.7 WW Race and Seatrend Allstar 70. I would guess him
to be my size (much better sailor) and he was planing
constantly, doing laydowns. We switched sails.
I was immediately planing with the 7.7 but couldn't seem
to stay upwind as well as he was ... probably my skill level +
board / fin combo. Sailed it for about 20 min. Went back
to my board, never got on a plane again. I was one of
the last off of the water. What SCA?? Oh well. This fall
has been that way.
>Assuming the original postulation of planing with a 6.5 in 13kts,
>following is wind/sail chart for two boards. One which planes at 10kt
>boardspeed (A) and another which planes at 5kt boardspeed (B).
>Wind Sail(A) Sail(B)
>13 6.5 6.5
>12 6.8 7.5
>11 7.8 8.9
>10 9.0 10.5
> 9 10.5 12.7
Screamer 278, Ride 282, Escape
Neil Pryde, Rushwind, Powerex
Hatteras, Emerald Isle, Jordan Lake