Last period I have sailed with the sizes 6.3, 7.0, 7.6, 8.4 and 9.2 in combination with the 2011 Fanatic Falcons 85, 111 and 134. You can have a look at my windsurf sessions here: http://www.windsurfblog.nl/p/sessions.html
What strikes me most is the acceleration and improved windrange of the sails, low-end ánd high-end. The sails are stable with enough softness in them to be comfortable and to pump when needed.
The combination with the 2011 Fanatic Falcons seems to work out fine. These boards can handle a lot more backleg pressure than last years models. Because the bigger TR-7 sizes have more backhand pressure this gives a lot of low-end power to use. Pointing upwind and deep downwind with the big slalomset is very easy en comfortable.
The smaller TR-7 sizes have more power upfront which results in more control and keeping the nose down for the smaller boards. Because of this I can sail at higher speeds crosswind and point downwind without problems and keep the sail sheeted in. You can feel that the sails are more compact with a lower center of effort and more profile low down. I can use them with the boom lower and the masttrack more backward without the boards getting sticky or slow. Also I can use smaller fins, footstraps further back and the harnesslines further back than with the TR-6 sails.
On all courses the sails feel more stable and easier to keep sheeted in handling the wind gusts and keeping the speed high. The average speed on a longer course is improved because of this behaviour. Also the wind gusts are directly converted into acceleration. Still softness in the sail is enough to pump into planing or coming out of gybes and accelerate.
Gybing the TR-7 is easier than with the TR-6 because of the shorter boomlength and improved cam rotation. The total rig weight is also lower because with the same sailsize I can use a shorter mast and boom. This improves the overall handling of the sail.
I use the sails with the recommended specs +0,5 cm downhaul most of the time. For the mastextension I add 4cm to the recommended spec so I still have some room below to work with. Using a bit of outhaul (neutral+0,5/1cm) seems to give me the best combination of power and control. On the bigger sizes I use a variable outhaul with a lot of profile downwind and a flatter profile cross- and upwind. However finding the correct outhaul setting is a bit more precise than with the TR-6 sails.
Speed results from last period for me with the new sails are:
- new PR on Max GPS, Max 2sec, Max 10 sec and 100m
- new PR on the Nautical Mile
- new PR for the slalomset Falcon 111 and TR-7 7.6
- high places in the GPS dayrankings with the Falcon 85 and TR-7 7.0
|TR-7 9.2 with Falcon 134|