Topic: A Sail for Summer?
I occasionally get updates from
and a couple of recent posts caught my attention. Ted claims to be beating the widestyle/big sail boards in course races with his original Windsurfer re-issue. This is obviously in part due to glide vs slog, but undoubtedly, the sail is a factor. I long for a new version of this sail (and not in mylar, like Ted's recreations). Could HSM please do this.
I very much enjoyed Cammar's custom sail discussion with JH. Something that JH said struck me - to paraphrase, nobody does custom sails because every segment of the market is served by the multitude of choices in production. Yes, there are many sails in production, but I maintain that not every segment of the market is served by them.
I would like to have an old fashioned sail that does the things that the high performance sails cannot - namely, to go sailing satisfactorily in a light breeze. I don't mean a light breeze for Maui, I mean 6-8. Yes, the newest and most powerful formula gear can possibly plane in these conditions, but try getting it through shore break, or teaching your kids with it, or just playing around (it's not very playful stuff). For several years my 8m Superfreak has been my staple, but really, when planing isn't a possibility, it is inefficient. On a Mistral Superlight, which is arguably one of the best non-planing boards for 6-8, I cannot keep up with a Laser, which has a 7m sail. Even with a 9m V8 on board, no contest until closer to 10.
There was discussion of the PsychoFreak here some years back, but then silence. I suspect this is due to perceived lack of interest. Ok, so then do something even simpler - just copy the old WOD sail, but with all of the materials, colors, and build features of the Superfreak (in ultralight?). Perhaps a shorter boom and fatter head (Tom?). But a plain sail, whatever form it takes - rigs in 3 minutes, is (virtually) indestructible, and just fun, not high performance (thought again, a better performer in it's wind range). I don't know if this is a big design challenge, and don't really know if there's a big market for it - but there is SOME market for it, and there is no one doing it, and it feels right for HSM.