Got the chance to sail the 2001 GO (Friendship) in some real wind at
lunch time today.
I've had the board for about 2 weeks now but was down in Florida with
marginal winds the entire time.
The Tufarnorth Girls (Cindy and Lisa) sailed the new and old GO in the
sound adjacent to Pine Island last week and with the windspeed at about
10 knots they had both GO's (the new 2001 and the 2000) ripping on
The impressions that I have been getting is that the new 2001 GO has
retained much of it's beginner friendliness, but gained quite a bit in
overall performance and range.
It's not quite as stable as last years GO, but jibes much better and
handle knee high chop like it wasn't there at pretty high speeds.
Today's sail was 2 hours , on a 2000 6.5 Retro, the new GO board, with
a 54 cm Curtis Racing CR-15b (last years stock GO fin). The wind was
from about 12 knots to 22 knots with some higher gusts. It was pretty
cold here in So. MD. so I took the GO to stay dry
(I nearly managed to really stay completely dry but as I was setting up
for a jibe a mega gust hit and it seemed easier to let the rig go than
go over the handlebars with it).
The board is a wonderful blend of the previous GO, and perhaps the
It's not quite as fast and crisp feeling as the Formula, but it feels
closer to the Formula than to the older design GO board. Very fast,
very smooth, very forgiving of little mistakes and quite a bit
"looser" and less "sticky" even with the big fin/small sail
I really enjoyed it. For those of you waiting for your new GO's, you
will get nearly as good early planing, much easier jibing, better top
speed and range.
I think I will sail the new GO alot more here during the winter.
Dry (even with a Kokatat GFE)is warmer, and I can rip, but still stay
dry on the new GO.
If you are in Hatteras anytime soon, come by and try it out.
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