My sailquiver experience for speed

Sometimes I am asked about a good sailrange, for gps-speedsurfing I have had many changes in sailrange which I like to share. One thing really changed mid-2007, I convinced myself to stick with speedsizes and train as much as possible with them.  Learned a lot about surfing underpowered, which wasn't always fun.

Below are the sails I bought and used for those periods:

before GPS_______8.0m2 + 6.5m2
11/2005 - 7/2006__8.3m2 + 7.3m2 + 6.3m2
7/2006 - 7/2007___7.5m2 + 6.9m2 + 6.3m2 + 5.7m2 + 5.1m2
7/2007 - 4/2008___6.5m2 + 5.5m2
4/2008 - 6/2008___6.7m2 + 5.5m2
6/2008 - 10/2008__5.8m2
10/2008 - 5/2009__6.7m2* + 5.8m2
5/2009 - 7/2009___6.7m2 + 5.5m2
7/2009 - 9/2009___6.2m2 + 5.5m2
9/2009 - 10/2009__5.5m2
10/2009 - 4/2010__6.2m2** + 5.5m2
4/2010 - 5/2010___7.0m2* + 6.2m2 + 5.5m2
5/2010 - 6/2010___6.2m2 + 5.5m2
6/2010 - now_____7.0m2 + 6.2m2 + 5.6m2 + 5.1m2

*Could borrow 2 periods a bigger speedsail from Peter de Wit/Kater, to make it possible to train a bit.
** Thanks to Martin van Meurs I could buy one off his 6.2 (everything was sold out), after wrecking my own 6.2...

Conclusions:
- I like a +- 7.0m2 to get good training (in wind below 18kn), I even think a bigger sail (7.8-8.6) gives even more good training opportunities, maybe something for 2011 ;)
- The +- 6.2 is most important for powered up sessions and dutch competition
- The <5.6  is only needed if you aim for records/ or simply like to speedsurf in 35kn or much more (depending on windsurfer's weight)
- 2 sizes sailquiver is possible, but absolutely not fun all the time, I had to choose lightwind or highwind combo. An 1 sailquiver is frustrating (at least if you trying to do your best).

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 comment:

  1. Hey Erik,

    I guess training with under powered gear does force you to learn to use the gear in the most efficient ways :)

    Thanks for the info. Very interesting :)

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