Avanti Windsurfing Sails

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10th of March, 2012

The wind has been different every day this week, which is ideal for getting prepared.

Today was no exception. A consistent (for Leucate) 21-30 knots stayed throughout the late morning and afternoon session.

We were greeted by a cloudless blue sky which stayed the entire day making the title of this news all the more clear with the main point being that we both sailed on our 6.9 sails until the end when Peter had a solo session on his 7.7.

The 6.9 is simply a top class sail in all aspects. Not much more to be said. I can't wait to race on it and see if the feeling on the water means good results on the race course with all of the world's best...

My RRD 98 XF V.4 is feeling very good with this sail size as with the 6.1 or 5.5 in the mega powered conditions we have had in the last several days. My boards and sails are fitting together well in terms of board rocker/outline/bottom shape and the sail draft positioning, power point/drive percentages and leech release points (which dictates how the boards trim on the tail, something that is not often talked about in windsurfing).

The training continues tomorrow with light winds on the cards. That should mean 30-knots for this place...maybe not...we would like to try the big stuff soon as I am really looking forward to sailing my XF V.4 129's (great board), although it is looking like stronger winds again for Sunday.

All in all, this week has been a great start to the final countdown preps before Italy.

Good sailing,

Finian
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Another windy day training here in South of France, we've been basically camping out at this spot for the obvious reasons, it's been windy every day and we park right by the water for changing gear easily.

All in all I felt in great shape on the 7.7 with my Fanatic Falcon 99 using a 36 cm fin, reaching a top speed of 71.4 km per hour or 38.6 knots. Stoked with this speed as its the fastest I've ever gone with that size sail on a slalom board.

The 6.9 and 89 combination was also magnificent.

With both the Falcon 89 and 99 I am feeling great, but for the 6/3 rule in PWA World Cup competitions I will register the small board in the event of another Costa Brava like last year with 50 knots of wind and for its fast acceleration and jibing. Together with the 113 and 140 Fanatic Falcon and 5.5 / 6.1 / 6.9 / 7.7 / 8.5 and 9.4 Avanti Machine M-1, that will be my whole quiver.

And as time is ticking away getting closer to the first event, I'm excited to go and race!

Furthermore I took some more shots of Finian with the iPhone, what a great camera: no zoom and water (hehe without proof).

Hope you enjoy the shots, and make sure to get yourself a piece of the action!!!

Cheers,
Peter