The new 2007 Starboard formula boards have arrived in Australia and with good winds the entire week Sean has had the opportunity to test the new board in a variety of conditions. Read the rest of this post for an Action Shots gallery from some days sailing at Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
| Comments from Sean:|
The new board is really flying in all conditions. So far Iâ€™ve sailed it in everything from 6 knots up to 25 knots with my 10.7m RS:6 sail. Its a really loose feel when sailing it. Even looser than the 160 felt (if thatâ€™s possible) making it ever so easy to rail both upwind and downwind even when the wind is super light.
So far Iâ€™m running all my footstraps in the back holes but I havenâ€™t played around with footstrap positions yet. Iâ€™ve tried my R19 S-, R17 S- and R13 73cutdown S- and all seem to be working; seems like you can put any fin in this board and its flying.
The R19 is obviously the best in lighter winds, but Iâ€™m actually using it all the way up to 18 knots as the width of the 161â€™s tail makes the big fins easy to control even in stronger winds. Its a close tradeoff between my R17 and R13 in winds from 18-25knots but Iâ€™m leaning towards the R13 as I get a little more control when the wind is up. Iâ€™m suprised how easy it is to sail in +20knots with such big fins. I canâ€™t imagine Iâ€™ll be using anything smaller than a cutdown 70 this year in (almost!) all conditionsâ€¦