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2014 Quiver for various winds in Light Wind Location

Analysis of last year's sessions has shown that I used the long board quite often and the Free Formula not often enough.

I try not to go out unless 20 kph wind is announced and confirmed on at least two(2) sites. Like most obsessive windsurfers, I have too much equipment and yet always seem to be looking for more. When winds get over 20 knots I tend to stay close to shore for safety reasons ...

1) My longboard is a Mistral Equipe I LCS-XR which is NOT a full out race board like the Equipe II, Phantom 377, etc. More like a hybrid that glides VERY well. I call it it MEQ for short.This board will be the most difficult to replace and it is also hard to match modern sails with longboards now.


2) My Free Formula is a BIC Techno Formula/BTF which is 94 cm wide and as such is NOT a Formula board. If I ever need to replace this one, it will be a JP SLW 92 of 165 liters. This was done end of 2014 - sold the BTF in two(2) days and purchased the JP...


3) My large free-ride is an AHD FastForward 160 liter/79 cm. Many good boards in this category. As a replacement I would probably go for a Fanatic Shark 150. Since writing this ... Two people I know very well and work with have both purchased the SHARK 150 LTDs that I recommended to them !! from 2-rad


4) My mid-size free-ride is an older Fanatic BEE LTD of 124 liters, but only 63 cm wide. This range has plenty of great boards, but i look at the Rocket 125 as a potential replacement...


I numbered the boards to show that yes, i have and use four(4) different boards.

My sails (that I use) are also too numerous to count ... I run from fully cambered sails like MauiSails TR-4 10-oh, TR-6 8.4 and an old Gaastra Flow 3x 7-oh down to a non-cambered HotSailsMaui Fire 6.3 that goes on an RDM mast. Since 7.x and 8.x sails are my most used, I have a junker MS-2 8-oh where i removed the cambers + added layers of monofilm tape and a newly acquired North Sails Duke 6.9 that I also mount on the PX RDM 460. For bigger winds and choppy conditions I prefer lighter sails and am tending towards non-cambered now ...
...Time will tell....
(Since I stay under 25 knots, the 6.3 is the smallest sail I use - even in the winter on the ice)

Unfortunately, as a working family man, I don't get to go on windsurf vacations and must go locally when i can... Sometimes that means getting a quick session after work on the local river using the MEQ. And so, I built myself this table to ensure I will NOT get skunked. This year I will bring the MEQ longboard at all times...

announce if less right on if more sails masts fins
20 kph MEQ BTF MEQ 8.4 and 10-oh 490 & 520 trimm
20-40 kph MEQ AHD MEQ 8.4 & 7-oh 490 48 cm
30-50 kph MEQ MEQ BEE 8.4, 7-oh & 6.9 490 & 460 40 cm
40-60 kph MEQ BEE BEE 6.9 & 6.3 RDM 460 40 & 32 cm

btw..
The reason there are such LARGE boards AND sails is - i am NOT average weight,
but rather a heavyweight of over 105 kilos !!
So, it is NOT just due to the light winds !!!

Update: It is now June 2014 and there are some quiver adjustments ... The Fanatic Ultra CAT has been repaired and have new addition -- HSM SPF 8.5 aka HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5. The FUC board is left at the chalet as my go-to board there. The HSM SPF 8.5 is for the same winds as the TR-6 8.4 except for more choppy conditions since the sail is MUCH lighter... So, 20-40 kph and 30-50 kph will mean bringing BOTH 8.x sails... justin case ...

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