What is the most suitable sail for me?
AMac says: Sails used over the last three years are the MSL 10 and the MSL 13. The current version of the sails is the C and .2 respectively. The 10 is generally favoured by people lighter than 75 kg and heavier sailors in high winds. The 10 easy set and forget..... to use as it is designed to be more stable and more forgiving than the 13. The 13 on the other hand is designed to extract maximum power from the 8 m² we are allowed. This means that the sail requires more constant adjustment to get the most out of as it is less automatic .
Which mast should I buy?
Our recommendation is the Mach2 medium mast for the MSL13 and the stiff mast for the MSL10
AMac says: "The MSL 10 works best on the stiff or the medium Mach2 mast. This will depend on your weight in the wind range you intend to use it. Using it on the stiff mast tends to mean you'll foil earlier and go down wind quicker, but will have less ability to point high upwind, although will foot off very quickly so VMG will be okay. The medium mast is more all round for this sail"
The MSL 13 works best on the medium or soft mast, although bigger sailors do use it on the stiff.
We are working very hard on the MSL 16 and an update of the MSL 13. These sails will be fully tested and in production by March 2012
Small foils – what is the difference?
We recommend the standard foils for most sailors, not only for ease of use, but for most will the larger foils will get them around the track quicker than the small foils.
AMac says: " I started using the small rudder foil in 2009 and have sailed with it ever since. Its main advantage is in the 8 to12 knot range where you are gaining a lot by reducing drag from reducing surface area. This allows you to foot further down wind. It does have some negatives: tacking on the foils is a little harder, as is getting on the foils and sailing in rough seas. The small front foil was designed to be more slippery in the medium ranges as well, but there was a lot of effort put into designing the form of the foil so that lift off.speed was hardly affected. The foil is possibly less slippery in the near 30 kn range due to this form factor, but is unlikely to affect most racing situations.
Ride height adjuster – do I need it?
Yes, it is handy. Even if you don't change it from up wind to down wind, you do need to change it from to tack to take due to the offset of the wand to maximise the performance of the boat. For recreational purposes it makes sense for being able to lower the boat in tricky situations such as big waves or changing wind conditions.
Adjustable wands and other fiddly bits – what is the lowdown?
Most of the other adjustments can be a little bit confronting as it is difficult to know when to do what. We will put out a document hopefully sooner than later that explains why we have some adjustments. You can live without them.
GRP over Timber box what are the advantages?
AMac says: I went to the 2008 worlds in Weymouth with the timber box and vowed never to do that again. There was no protection for my clothes, my tools, my spare parts in the driving rain of southern England. Even when your boat is not in the box is a great place to keep things. You can put a lock on and know that all your bits in and be there nice and dry as it is completely rainproof. They are quite heavy at 60 kg are so car topping them can be a chore, but we have never had one damaged in transit. Another factor to consider is the there is always a possibility that quarantine will hold your timber box for fumigation or even forced you to send it back when travelling.
Are you developing new foils?
Over the last six months we have rewritten our foil analysis software and are in the process of re-analysing all our foils. I am certainly not convinced we will necessarily come up with anything better overall at this stage because we did huge amount of work before. Of course we can never rule out that we will come up with another breakthrough.