Tiny board and big sail

Last time on "the curve" I used the starboard isonic speed special W49 (64liters) + the severne reflex 7.0. For fins I chose to test 3 different 28cm, in the end the Sonntag SL-S was best. I hoped for at least 5 strong solid 20kn gusts and aimed for 38kn/ 70km/h runs, we got some short 18kn gusts and maybe a rare 20kn gust...

It is not comftable sailing with such a big sail, but not impossible either. The basic feeling is the trim gets more important, when something is wrong it gets very heavy sailing. Compared to other speedsurfers I had slower upwind speed. It was really hard since The Curve is a wide channel, so best is to go maximum upwind, still such a small board needs some downwind to get gliding which costs a lot upwind reach distance.

Downwind the trick was to let the board ride a bit deeper in the water, this might sound strange... But really high on the water was to much for such a small fin. If I got over 33/34kn I pushed the board on the water, however this happened only once.

Conclusion was till 20kn I better take the iSonic 86 on W53, this suits the conditions better. I think it would have been 2kn or more faster on all points. The W49 board had a high angle of attack 99% of the time, still the results are good. The tuning must have been good, I am curious what will it do in powerfull conditions...

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.

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