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00:00 1st December 2007 by Boardseeker
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The entire 2008 Gun Sails range is launched this week but we are concentrating on the wave sails and the new Torro sail which takes over from the 2007 Target. We asked Gun Sails designer Renato Morlotti some taxing questions about the new range!

     
The Hammer

100% reinforced x-ply wave sail designed for radical and fast manoeuvres, a neutral feeling and a precise control in every condition.

The ’08 Hammer is more ‘powerful’ than the ’07 Hammer model. Explain what you mean by this.

Renato: The Hammer offers a more efficiently dynamic response compared to the ’07 model. This means a faster reaction body and a greater capacity to get planing in the low wind range. The concept of “power” is maybe misunderstood since both year models have the same “HP” value but the ’08 model does this more efficiently in the lower wind range than the ’07 model.

The Stats

Size Boom (cm) Luff (cm) Weight (kg) IMCS Cost (£)
3.3 144 344 3,10 16-18 234
3.7 150 366 3,30 16-18 240
4.0 154 385 3,40 16-18 245
4.2 157 393 3,40 16-18 251
4.5 163 404 3,50 18-20 257
4.7 164 412 4,00 18-20 269
5.0 170 418 4,10 18-20 274
5.3 176 432 4,10 20-22 280
5.7 181 455 4,20 20-22 286

NB. Five battens, no camber, vario top.

 

     


Vario Top

 

The Wave MC

Combines early planing power, handling and control into a compact unit. It has an extended boom and more profile than the Hammer and is thus the power/onshore wave sail of the range.

With the Wave MC designed for a more ‘powerful style’ does this mean a more advanced sailor or a heavier sailor?!

Renato: The Wave MC is an onshore sail and of course it’s designed to release and power up but only in comparison to the Hammer model. The WMC still offers a good soft ‘power on & off’. The deeper profile gives a different feeling to the rider while he’s sailing and manoeuvring. The power is exactly the key that makes the rider act in a different style than what is required from the Hammer and that’s why we say it has a “powerful style”. Nevertheless, the WMC is a friendly sail that everybody can use successfully and enjoy!

How does a wave sailor choose between the Hammer and the Wave MC?

It’s a pure personal choice; it depends on the sailor’s weight, kind of waves they ride, how much wind they sail in, personal style and so on. No rules fixed!!! Any good riders should be able to decide themselves, no dubs about it.

The Stats

Size Boom (cm) Luff (cm) Weight (kg) IMCS Cost (£)
3.7 152 367 3,00 16-18 228
4.0 155 382 3,10 16-18 236
4.2 158 395 3,30 16-18 239
4.5 167 401 3,40 18-20 243
4.7 169 412 3,50 18-20 248
5.0 175 418 3,60 18-20 254
5.3 178 431 3,80 20-22 261
5.7 183 452 4,00 20-22 267
6.1 189 458 4,10 20-22 274

NB. Five battens, no camber, vario top

     
The Torro

Great in every manoeuvre with early planing abilities and a significant speed potential.

What makes the Torro fast when compared to the wave sails?

Renato: The Torro sail has got a more efficient profile and power distribution than the “classic wave” shaping style. It perfectly combines a fast and stable profile as well as good deep and pure power. This pushes forward much quickly than any wave sail. Of course the kind of board and fin normally requested for freestyle use are perfectly matched with this kind of sail performance.

Why is the Torro easier for freestyle tricks than the wave sails?

Renato: Sail geometry and shape are directly responsible in bringing the perfect support to the rider while he’s manoeuvring. A specific freestyle sail must be able to work in flat water as well as in low wind conditions, be neutral and so performing to push the board until planing within a second of time; this is everything that freestylers need. Of course many sailors are using wave sails as well but this is happening when the wind is strong and so for the smaller sizes the differences are getting less and less.

For example, the smallest Torro 4.2m is more oriented to the Wave MC style, even if it is not specially developed for wave use.

If you took a Hammer into the waves and then swapped it for a Torro, what differences would you feel?

The Hammer is made to react fast and be neutral when wave riding. It’s flat profile and the absolute power ‘in-out’ capacity makes the rider feel free to move into the natural element even when the speed down to the wave becomes extremely high.

The Torro is a light tractor who specially loves any kind of manoeuvre. The sail is able to push the rider and his board from zero to top speed and close out the trick in a moment of time. That’s a totally different situation compared to wave riding so it does not really make sense to compare both sails like they are, since they’re made to work in such opposite conditions.

The Stats

Size Boom (cm) Luff (cm) Weight (kg) IMCS Cost (£)
4.3 152 395 3,20 16-18 234
4.7 163 411 3,50 18-20 241
5.0 170 418 3,60 18-20 242
5.3 173 431 3,70 20-22 247
5.7 177 453 4,00 20-22 254
6.0 182 455 4,10 20-22 256
6.3 187 459 4,20 20-22 261
6.6 190 468 4,40 24-26 267

NB. Five battens, no camber and all vario tops except the 6.6m which is fixed

 

     
  Recycle your old sail

Purchase a 2008 sail by Dec 31st 2007 and get £30 for your old sail regardless of make, age or condition. You can pop in with your sail to the UK shop or send a picture of it with the clew cut out (see pic).

Other sails in the Gun Sails range which we will review in the New Year are the Nexus, Ride, Flash, Escape, Cannonball, MEGA X Slalom and the MEGA X Race.

For more information and to purchase your Gun Sail go to: www.gunsails.co.uk

 

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