New Neilpryde RS:Slalom MKIII record!!

Yesterday got me some great results, which I didn't expect. I had ordered a Neilpryde RS:Slalom MKIII 5.5, but it was still on its way. Thanks to Martin van Meurs I could still try it on my mast!

Overall I did just 8 runs, wish it would be more... The first 4 runs were on limited downhaul/ normal outhaul. But I felt the sail settle (it was a new sail), so I applied 2 times a bit more downhaul. The first downhaul setting brought me every 10sec run 75.x kmh, which is fast. The second downhaul settings brought me a 77.x run, the third downhaul setting ended with a 80.x kmh run. And two 78.xkmh runs

In the end the wind increased everybody went mad, but the waterstate and angle made it difficult, crash would result. So I called it the end of the day. I think 6.2 was the size of the day, still I am very confident with this sail to break my PR again!

Neilpryde RS:Slalom ranking ( average):
  1. Erik loots ______78,03kmh (42.13kn)_____NP RSS MKIII 5.5
  2. Tim Hemer _____76,5kmh (41.3kn)______NP RSS MKIII 6.2
  3. Martin van Meurs _74,65kmh (40.3kn)____NP RSS MKIII 5.5
  4. Jacques vd Hout__ 74,29kmh (40,1kn)____NP RS MKIII 6.2
  5. Carl vd Borght ___70,84kmh (38,25kn)____NP RSS MKII 6.2
  6. Adam Linton ____70,83 (38,24)_________NP RSS 5.8

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.


  1. AnonymousMay 28, 2009

    Sounds like a great day.

    Do you walk or surf back?

    Greetz Pat

  2. Hi Pat,

    The walk back is also a story. Dylan de Jong had injured his leg, so the first half (like 900m) me and Tim Joosten took his equipment too.

    Total distance of that day was 16km:
    1.8km walking to the spot
    1.8km walking back
    0.6km extra walking back (dylan his stuff)
    0.5km *10 walking back after every run (or you had to go upwind in the middle of the sea)

    That makes total 9.2km distance walking, on that day I have been walking more than speedsurfing.

  3. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    Hi Erik,

    thanks a lot.
    I was talking about walking back after each run. If I take a look on the pictures it seems only a small number of surfers are surfing back. Is it so dificult?


  4. Pat,

    I tried 2 times just by pointing upwind, the problem is you are going over +-1m waves in the beginning, you end up in very deep water with also a lot of waves about 400m from shore. Not very nice in 30kn+ wind.

    It is not a very nice situation since you see the waterflow and combined with the offshore wind you are lost when you get in problems. From there the next sandbank is far away.

    Everybody except I saw Ron Ruiter going upwind a few times.

    You can imagen with a 20-25cm fin it is hard to keep pointing when you are more than 30% of the time areborn.



  5. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    Thx a lot Erik!

    Good to get some information about the spot!

  6. Hi Eric,
    So what was your third downhaul setting? no wind here so your record is safe, for the moment;)
    Cheers, Tim

  7. Tim,

    I used a MXT extender on recommended settings. First there was about 0.5cm space left, the third downhaul setting was maximum downhaul. I couldn't pull more it was steel against steel.

    On the water I felt the 3th setting was about the max, entering the course was a bit easier, and the sail still gave me a lot of drive.

    I would say the RS:Slalom is easier to go fast, compared to all my full-racesails before.



  8. AnonymousJune 01, 2009

    For your interest Chris Lockwood trialled a RSS MkIII 7.0 in February and clocked 43.17.

  9. Chris had very high speeds on the 7.0 RSS MKIII, but he also pushed the 7.8 RSS MKIII over 41kn!!!

    I really think the RS:Slalom is one of the fastest sails in the world!