Monday, March 8, 2010

New Sails

2009 KA Race 9.0m

My new KA Sails arrived last week. I decided to keep my 2008 4.4m and 5.0m KA Koncepts as the small sails hardly get used so i ordered 2010 5.7m, 6.4m, 7.3m, 8.3m KA Koncepts (in black) to replace my 5.8m, 6.6m, 7.5m which were my most used sail sizes and a 2009 9.0m KA Race (in yellow) to replace my 9.0m KA Koncept as i wanted a sail more suited to slalom in this larger size. Check out the pictures of my 9.0m KA Race and 7.3m KA Koncept above and below

2010 7.3m KA Koncept

On Saturday i went down to Garrylucas in County Cork for the Slalom clinic that Pearse Geaney from Irish Slalom Series ( had organised as it would be the perfect first opportunity to get my sails tuned up for the first time before the Speed and Slalom season kicks off. When i got to Garrylucas there wasn't much wind, about 7-12 knots so i rigged up my new 9.0m KA Race with my Starboard I Sonic 144 and 50cm Vector Maui Canefire Fin and as the wind was forcast to pick up i also rigged my new 7.3m KA Koncept with my I Sonic 111 and 42cm Vector Maui Canefire Fin.

The wind didn't pick up any more so i went out on the water with the 9.0m KA Race and I Sonic 144 and had a great couple of hours on the water. The 9.0m KA Race is a great sail, a little bit heavier than the 9.0m Koncept which i expected with 2 extra cams and extra batten but it's definetly more stable, feels a little more powerful and has better performance upwind which is perfect for the slalom racing i will be doing this year. The 7.3m KA Koncept, looks great also and i can't wait to get to try it.

Was great to see everyone and get back on the water after the freezing weather and lack of wind for the past few months. Really looking forward to the first round of the Slalom Series in Newtownards at the end of the month.

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