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cgoudie1



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OP might wanna check out the "Wing Sails a Reality Now" thread also.
Not say'n that works (still pretty skeptical myself) but if it does, it sorta
answers the OPs question.

-Craig
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are there so many different sizes of nuts and bolts?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes I wish I had just one pair of shoes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You and me both Brother! And I wish that one pair were Tevas. ;*)

-Craig

U2U2U2 wrote:
Sometimes I wish I had just one pair of shoes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
The OP might wanna check out the "Wing Sails a Reality Now" thread also.
Not say'n that works (still pretty skeptical myself) but if it does, it sorta
answers the OPs question.
-Craig

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Sure! That post (a bizarre blatant commercial) describes a 6.5 wing sail with the claimed range of use of 12 to 40 knots (with no reefing!).

I am sure it can be used not only for slalom and speed, but also for freestyle and waves, not to mention beginners and foiling, and with a little effort course racing. It erases in one shot the whole sail industry. One sail conquers it all!!!!!

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

BTW, to answer the OP: the list of windsurf styles above (slalom, speed, ... ) is the main reason why we have different sails. A sail used in waves will not work for a 50 knots speed run at Luderitz. And sailboats can use reefs, we cannot (Multi-sails tried a couple decades ago). Having said that sometimes I wonder if we really need the choice between 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 battens wave sails ...


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: why so many sails for windsurfing Reply with quote

qwertyjjj wrote:
I originally came from a boat sailing background where you just have 1 sail size in ALL conditions.


Not true. My wife's Laser has full, radial and 4.7 sails plus bottom spars for each of those. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: why so many sails for windsurfing Reply with quote

Ugly_Bird wrote:
qwertyjjj wrote:
I originally came from a boat sailing background where you just have 1 sail size in ALL conditions.


Not true. My wife's Laser has full, radial and 4.7 sails plus bottom spars for each of those. Smile

Andrei


I know what a Laser is, can you translate the rest for windsurfers ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the OP.

You need, or itís desirebale to have the smallest sail that compliments your smallest board. The largest sail to compliment the largest board.

If you have only one board, itís numerically simple.
After that the sail quiver gets multi.
If you have specialized interest , as freestyle, formula it becomes even more so.

One could take up golf, and play with a putter, a driver and some Other club, I dont golf, its too exciting for me to drive around in those go carts .

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Re: why so many sails for windsurfing Reply with quote

U2U2U2 wrote:
Ugly_Bird wrote:
qwertyjjj wrote:
I originally came from a boat sailing background where you just have 1 sail size in ALL conditions.


Not true. My wife's Laser has full, radial and 4.7 sails plus bottom spars for each of those. Smile

Andrei


I know what a Laser is, can you translate the rest for windsurfers ?


Not much to translate. There are three sails: full, radial and 4.7. First is around 7 sq. m, second is about 6 and 4.7 is 4.7sq.m Very Happy
Each of those needs a separate bottom section (spar) of the mast. Top spar is the same. Total 3 sails and 3+1 spars.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there's some brand new multi sails for sale in the bay area , CALLS ONLY! 707-696 -3334.


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