- Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:23
Darren from Juice was at the Club before 9.30 and had rigged enough kit for 10.00am. Despite that it was after 11.00am before most punters took to the water - holding back a bit in the mistaken hope it'd be a bit warmer by then!
For days the forecast had been for a Force 4 ESE wind quickly becoming Force 5. We got the Force 4; not sure about the Force 5. It did gust stronger, but maybe only picked up slightly when most had left the water about 3pm! Strange that, because we usually get the full force of any Easterly as per the forecast. We can also be sure that Easterlies bring cold weather and the demo day was no exception - about 7C.
7.5m sails proved to be the typical 'engine' of the day and wide boards once again showed how well suited they are to inland sailing.
I tried 4 board and rig combinations:
- Starboard AtomIQ (don't pronounce it Atomic) 110 litre (235x74.5cm) & Ezzy Cheetah 7.0m on a reduced diameter mast
- Starboard AtromIQ 120 litre & Severne NCX 7.5m
- Starboard Carve 131 litre & Tushingham Bolt 7.8m twin cam
- RRD Firemove 112 litre (238x74cm) & Ezzy Tiger 6.3m, again on RDM
The AtomIQs are light, early planing and very manoevrable boards which are really easy to use. The Carve's rails aren't quite as soft as the Atom, so it's a bit more stable in a straight line, yet still happy gybing. It's good that some of the Starboards now use powerbox fins - their use of tuttle fins no doubt used to put some people off due to the thought of having to buy different fin(s) if they own more than one board. The rails on the Firemove are soft, though not easy to judge its abilities that well as the conditions then were a bit on/off the plane with a 6.3m sail. The 3 rotational sails I tried were quite flat, so flipping the rig in gybes didn't require much effort and they were quick to power up again. Perhaps the trend towards using reduced diameter masts on sails up to 7.0m is one we should take note of. Yes, it means buying another extension, but a shim can be used with the boom, so maybe it doesn't lead to too much extra expense? It's certainly good to use a large rig which has been kept light. The Tushingham Bolt harnessed the wind most effectively of any of the sails and guaranteed solid planing. No surprise though, as it was the biggest and the only cammed sail. For that you'd expect it to be heavy and more effort, but the differences weren't that great - large cammed sails do have a lot to recommend themselves on inland water.
Many thanks to Juice for another good event!
Here are some photos ..... our thanks to Sedge for some of the better ones.