I apologize for the long break - the silly season can throw one's routines out sometimes. We have had some good sailing recently with three fast upcountry sailors (Karel, Andy and Rob) keeping the locals on their toes and one super-fast Arthur hanging with our best. The bodies are recuperating now however over some quiet days. Our next wind is expected on Friday and Saturday.
Avanti sails always impress me and their new race sail looks stunning. These guys came up with carbon fiber load path reinforcing a while ago and although Severne's recent moves in this direction are impressive, Avanti was at the forefront:
The bottom picture shows the side-on view and I am heartened to note no protruding batten at the clew. This approach tempts me to shorten the overhangs on two of my existing sails. I have wanted to do this for some time but feared that the new shape would somehow not work. Dan however, knows what he is doing so I am now feeling a lot more confident about cutting two perfectly fine sails. One would need to do the mod in conjunction with one's sail repair person to ensure that the new margin is properly strengthened and that all the reinforcing is properly stitched back onto the clew area. I haven't decided yet.
15 Manta Pics
The Manta pictures below came from www.ewindsurf.fr but I think that the original photos came from a guy called Ken Kitahara at Maneuverline.
|Bottom of the new 61|
|The new 71|
|The new 81|
The 71 and 81 boards show slight differences in the cut-outs compared to the 2014 boards. Both designs are hugely impressive and I have no doubt that they are going to work perfectly.
The 61 bottom is really interesting - much simpler than the bigger boards but I have an idea that it will be something special on the water. Simple need not mean ineffective and there is a certain elegance of design here.
That is all for now. Talk to you soon.