The fall winds and temps had not started yet ...
So, like every year I looked at what worked and what did not
What am I missing, broke or ??
77 % of 2015 sessions so far were on the longboards - mostly Mistral Equipe = KEEPER
(A Mistral Competition SST with more volume was purchased , tested and SOLD.)
84 % were on sails in the 8.x range - the HSM SPF 8.5 is a keeper too...
The 10-oh and 6.3 were each used once, which means larger and smaller are NOT required.
Sails are covered and wished the NP 490/90 mast was not broken on the way to Hatteras...
It was replaced on site with a Chinook 490/30%
In terms of boards ...
The winning MEQ longboard was already discussed...
The JP SLW92 was used three(3) times...
The AHD 160/79 was used four(4) times... and SOLD
The BEE 124/63 was actually used twice - once with 6.3 and other ??
I have been trying to use the 8.x sails on the JP SLW
The idea is to sell the AHD and BEE and get something in the 120-135 liter range ...
In terms of width no more than 80 cm...
2014 SB iS 107 carbon - too small for me
2012 SB iS 117L $1150 with board bag, fin ?? 228x81windsurfing quebec+quebecwind
2011 StarBoard iSonic 117L $900 228x81 dinged and thus too $$ windsurfing quebec
2011 StarBoard Futura 133 in Ottawa - 248x76.5 - iwindsurf
2008 JP SuperSport 136 $800 46 cm fin 251x79 cm ?? windsurfing quebec
2000 Fanatic Ultra BEE 137 $150US 289x62 cm - too narrow
Looks like the StarBoard iSonic 117W is the winner, but for next year.
Should I put the AHD and BEE for sale this year ??
AHD for $550 with 48 cm fin... got called within one hour !! asked to include board bag
BEE for $225 with 34 cm fin or FUC for $150
This would give me about $700 towards the next purchase ...
Bought the SB iS 117W after some MAJOR coaxing from Geoff from NY state :-)
Georges says I should have charged $700 for the AHD - beat up or NOT !!
and after beginning this "report" managed to have a good outing with the JP SLW92 and HSM SPF8.5
MUST also mention that this was the first year that I made the trip south to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina in the spring. The reason I specify spring is, my windsurf buddy and colleague , Antoine , makes the journey in the spring AND the fall. I managed to break a mast on the way down and windsurf seven days out of 7 !! However, this did NOT curb my spending :-(
Need to adjust my wind vs equipment chart = started ...
|announce||if less||right on||if more||sails||masts||fins|
|20 kph||MEQ||JPSLW||JPSLW||8.4 and 10-oh||490 & 520||56&66 DT|
|20-40 kph||JPSLW||SB iS||SB iS||10, 8.x & 6.9||490 & 460||56&46 DT|
|30-50 kph||SB iS||SB iS||BEE||8.x, 6.9 & 6.3||490 & 460||40 cmsDT/PB|
|40-60 kph||SB iS||BEE||BEE||6.9 & 6.3||RDM 460||40 & 32 cm|
So, YES, my boards lean towards the light wind category of windsurfing. As discussed, most of my sessions were with the Mistral Equipe longboard. Geoff has offered me his F2 Lightening, but I am not sold on the idea yet. This would be for 2016 and not too $$$ anyway. Is there anything I have to change ? NOT really. Would like a lighter mast for the HSP SPF 8.5 since i/we busted the excellent one on the way to Hatteras. Fins will need to be purchased for the SB iS once I get it under wraps ...