Goya Guru 4.7

 

2010

 

"Soft and flexible, forward driving and quickly neutral, the GURU will take you where you want to go on the water and in the air. Just visualize what you want to do, and the GURU will take you there... The GURU is also an excellent choice for smaller and lighter sailors in high wind due to it's forward stable draft, and soft, easy feel." – Goya Website

off water description

Due to a production problem, we were unable to get the recommended Goya mast for this sail in time for test. We were advised by Goya to use a Simmer mast and then later on an Ezzy mast as the best alternative match.

These new colour schemes from Goya give the sails a very distinctive look and we particularly liked the turquoise and yellow as seen in the pictures. The sails look great on the water!

The Guru sports the longest luff length in test and a moderate boom length. It does feel quite a ‘tall and narrow’ sail in the hands, particularly compared to this years very compact Pryde sails. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and certainly gives the sail a very light, flicky and manoeuvrable feel in the hands.

Attention to detail seems very good. The Trim guide is excellent and appeared pretty accurate for both the 4.2 and 4.7. Set the downhaul and then trim the outhaul for power and feel.

The fullness is set pretty far forward on the Guru. It’s a relatively flat sail and despite Goya claiming it to be ‘soft and flexible’ it is far more rigid in the hands than sails like the Fly. Again this isn’t necessarily a bad thing (we find the Fly a bit too soft for our liking), but it's worth noting. Perhaps the mast had something to do with this...

on water description

On the water, the Guru is a very different sail to the Eclipse and reminds us to some extent of the Simmer Mission.

It's very light in the hands, quite forward pulling, fairly firm (compared with the other sails in this test) and offers very little by way of power or feel on your backhand. If you are looking for a sail that is as forgettable as possible in your hands and just lets you get on with surfing the wave, then the Guru is unrivalled within this test. If you want much else, then you are probably going to be better off looking at the Eclipse.

Thanks to the characteristics of the sail, the Guru has incredible top end control. The best in test in fact. Even when well overpowered, the sail remains firm, stable and very light on your back hand. Which could make it an attractive proposition for light weight riders (below 70kgs) as an all-round wave sail. However, anyone over 70kgs looking for a sail for Euro style conditions will probably find the Guru a bit lacking in power and range.

overall impression

The Guru feels like a very refined down-the-line wave riding sail. The forward pull, light feel and manoeuvrability in the hands make the sail a real favourite in proper wave conditions. However, sailors over 70kgs looking for performance in cross-on conditions will probably be better choosing the Eclipse, which has much more all-round appeal.

Official response:

"I think this test is pretty accurate as a whole, but there is one key point I want to address- It's a surprise to me that the GURU received the "firmest" rating on the Sail Stiffness Scale. Perhaps this had something to do with the mast used, but overall, I know the sail is not rigid.  The words I hear most often used to describe the GURU are "EASY" and "FORGIVING". The pvc window introduces a comfortable and flexible feeling to the sail that you won't find in all-film sails.

Also, a significant difference between the GURU and other sails is that the GURU's leech outline creates a minimal amount of upper head roach, and this creates a sail that is very quiet in the hands- as opposed to a "roachy" sail- a sail with too much head roach is constantly moving and "wagging"- a feeling that could be interpreted as flexibility. The benefit of the reduced head roach is reduced weight- and "wag" is reduced up high in the sail, and this encourages quick maneuvering and effortless handling in all maneuvers and point of sail. The sail moves more quickly through the air like a finely tapered blade rather than a "roachy" headed sail that tends to wag a lot and become hard to handle in transitions and particularly in the clew first position.

One more thing- new for 2010- the GURU 5.3 now takes 400 mast, rather than 430.

Jason Diffin, Sail Design Goya Sails"