With the lack of proper wind, I decided it was time to invest in some big kit, well big for me. I had a 3.7 Simmer Icon, which fortunately I had not opened. I have no idea why I had a 3.7, I weigh 82 kilos! When am I going to use one of those. I think perhaps it was that stupid windy October the year before last which tricked me into thinking I needed one.
So a quick phonecall to Farrell O shea, and I sent it back and swapped it for a 6.6 V Max. Simmers full on non cammed slalom/freeride sail
The aim is to get all the sailors at the mudeford beach huts into a roll over slalom series, based around using 6 -6.5 sails only and any board. The reason I went for a non cam was simple. It keeps it all simple, it rigs on my existing 430 skinny mast and larger boom and probably isnt much slower than the full on stuff.
I've always thought that just as racing gets good it always gets out of hand. Slalom is brilliant on manageable kit, but then it always gets spoiled by massive sails, with huge luff tubes and an even bigger price tag, that it becomes un fun and un sustainable. The same for course racing. Course Slalom as it was, was brilliant on smallish kit. But then the boards became a metre wide and the sails 12metres squared. Ridiculous.