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Goya Sails 2007: Wave & FXR

00:00 1st December 2006 by Boardseeker
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The Wave & The FXR

 



The man himself; in action on his ’07 Sails at the recent PWA wave event at Hookipa, Maui
(Credit: PWA/Carter)


Fellow team mate, Josh Stone on the 2007 kit

 
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  Goya Sails 2007: Wave & FXR 2007

WAVE SAILS 2007

UK Goya Team Rider, Andy King, is one of the few to have sailed on the 2007 wave sails. Here is what he had to say:

Design changes: The 2007 wave sails have more pre-set shape to them. This fullness is designed to give a better bottom end so you get going quicker and a better top end speed. The sail has also been made more stable over the 2006 design.

Graphics: As for the simple graphics, well there is a very good reason for that. All the panels are actually one piece with no unnecessary panels with all the seams and stitching that goes with it. Extra patterns on a sail tends to mean different stretch of each material which leads to flex, warping and distortion. Goya Sails are designed to be are pure, clean products; no fancy patterns, just the highest performance sail possible.

X-ply thickness: There is also different thicknesses of x-ply throughout the sail with a reduced thickness the furthur up the sail you go allowing for more twist where you need it and more protection from your harness hook and/or knee in the foot area!

THE WAVE STATS

Luff Ideal mast/IMCS* Boom Battens
3.0 346cm 340/14 134cm 4
3.4 355cm 340/14 137cm 4
3.7 378cm 370/17 145cm 4
4.1 392cm 370/17 154cm 5
4.4 403cm 400/21 158cm 5
4.7 412cm 400/21 162cm 5
5.0 422cm 400/21 166cm 5
5.3 428cm 400/21 171cm 5
5.7 443cm 430/25 178cm 5
6.2 460cm 430/25 189cm 5

*Sails set ideally on a RDM mast

FXR SAILS 2007

We thought we’d ask Franciso himself about the FXR:

So Goya Sails go Freeride!! You have a total blank sheet so where do you start?

Francisco Goya: I wanted to make a high performance freeride sail but without the cams. The sail has to have a better low end and high end than a wave sail. That means getting you onto the plane quicker and faster in a straight line and at the same time being more stable in overpowered conditions as a lot of sailors will look at getting the most speed out of their ride thereby using larger sails than wave riders.

As far as specs go everything gets adjusted from the general outline of the sail to the foil on each batten and everything in between. The only constant from our wavesails is the construction. We continue using our full panel concept that reduces sewing holes and unnecessary seams, keeping a constant twist and flex through the sail. For the materials we choose X-ply over monofilm, as the weight difference is barely noticeable but X-ply will stop a tear and through its adhesive it is shielded from UV rays, outlasting a monofilm sail.

Did you try ‘cams’ during the R&D phase or did you never consider them for the FXR?

Yes we did consider them but the manoeuverability and simplicity of the design together with its fast driving profile through the added tube battens allowed me to have the performance of a full cam sail without having to ride and rig like a cam sail.

THE FXR STATS

Luff Ideal mast/IMCS* Boom Battens
5.5 430cm 430 179cm 7
6.0 445cm 430 188cm 7
6.5 462cm 460 192cm 7
7.0 478cm 460 200cm 7
7.5 493cm 490 211cm 7
8.0 498cm 490 220cm 7

*Sails set ideally on a RDM mast

COLOURS

Wave Sails: Black, Blue, Red, White & Yellow
FXR: Blue, Red, White & Yellow

FEATURES


Click on sails to enlarge

COST: Wave from £299 to £375, FXR from £349 to £379
AVAILABILITY: late NOV 2006

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