The Neilpryde H2 100% speed

neilpryde H2
This is a new record for me 8 days in a row windsurfing, sadly today is really windless. Some said yesterday was nothing, but today is really <4kn windspeed. So no chance to add a few days.

Yesterday the wind average was between 10 and 11kn, with gusts up to 14kn. My brother was at home before his work and told me I should use his gear to get even more Time On Water, soo I did.

I was on Fanatic Ray 140 + Neilpryde H2 8.2 + Sonntag SL-S 460, started with boom on max height but after 2 reaches I felt this was not necessary, I lowered the boom 8cm and it was perfect. Overall everything felt softer, easier and MUCH lighter than fullrace equipment (except for the boards actual weight, thats a bit heavy). The H2 8.2 is rigged on an arrows magic stix 460 mast and this works out good, I used the recommended settings on sail only the outhaul was a bit more (thanks to the ultra small X9 160-220 boomdesign, they also could have made it 160-200)

The Neilpryde H2 trim with X9 mast was sailsettings + 1cm for good speed and enough looseness on all courses. With the Arrows Magic Stix 9 460 we ended up with +0.5cm being ideal. We didn't measure the masts lenght.

The Neilpryde H2 8.2 doesn't really function with a small 160-220 X9 boom, there is to less space for the profile.

The Neilpryde H2 likes maximum batten tension on the lowest 3 battens. Top 2 battens I prefer completly loose.

Allthought the Fanatic Ray 140 is heavy onshore (8kg?!?), on the water this is not really a problem. It was possible to let the board fly, and dynamical it felt really light and soft over the chop. Soo maybe boardweight is not everything ;)

The Sonntag SL-S 460 was a bit small and I am happy my SL-P fins will arrive soon, for lightwinds you simply need power. This was missing a bit, also tried the standard choco fin which is quite good for a long G10 fin, only I found it hard to be fast all the time. At lower speeds the choco was better, at higher speeds I prefered the SL-S. (logical small vs big fin)

My findings were that I believe with a perfect powerfull fin there was more speed to gain than switching the H2 to a RS:Racing. This is a feeling I have got, the H2 might not have this explosive feeling, BUT everytime I look at the gps it surprised me.

It was almost the slowest session of the day, but the fastest session on the Amstelmeer :) that day. Yes, I was not alone on the Amstelmeer :)

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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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  2. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    I have read your post with interest. I have since a couple of months a NP H2 8.2 and I salied it a few times. The sail is very light, powerful and very easy however my impression is that it misses the race feeling of a full race sail. For this reason I was wondering to sell it and buy a full race sail. Do you share the same impression? thaks, Luca

  3. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    HI Luca,

    I agree the H2 is not as racy feeling as some are looking for. My brother sold the sail for this reason, because getting gliding was quite hard passive or active. Our conclusion was the sail was a bit too soft for guys around 90-110kg. I think the sail does work in a wide range of conditions, but misses the race/speed sensation a bit.