Windsurfing Magazine a couple of issues ago called the Drops 9'6" II
great enough to make an atheist believe in miracles. A local shop is
really touting this board as the best new light wind race-type board
that is still very easy to sail. It is 24" wide, with a very wide 18"
tail and volume of 124 liters. It is supposed to be a very early planer
(though not as early as the even wider AVS boards), but still sailable
in the medium wind range. It is supposed to be MUCH better at jibing
than the AVS boards, though. It is also supposed to be very fast, but
easier for recreational sailors to handle than most race boards. The
local shop states that this board is far better than anything the
biggies F2, Mistral, or Fanatic will be offering for high-performance
light wind sailing in 1999. For 1999, the 9'6" II will also be
available in standard weight construction, more durable than the super
light weight LE construction.
I'm looking for a new light wind board for 10-16 knots that will plane
very early, but also be a lot of fun to sail and jibe. Main sails used
will be a 1999 Pryde V8 8.0 and a couple years old 6.6 Ezzy twin cam.