“The FXR design changes from size to size to suit the conditions – the larger sizes are cut for power and speed, the fundamentals of slalom and race style sailing. Light weight, great low end power – plane early and go faster.” – goyawindsurfing.com
on the beach
The Goya is the only sail in this group to rig on an RDM (reduced diameter mast) as standard. We had our suspicions that this would make the rig a bit too soft, particularly on this size of sail, but actually we were quite wrong. You pretty much forget that you’re sailing with an RDM mast at all, and the Goya is in fact one of the stiffer feeling sails within the group.
For this year there have been quite a few modifications made to the sail, which include monofilm rather than X-ply construction (to help reduce weight and make the handling a bit sharper), reduced sail weight through a new batten pocket construction, and a new head shape designed to reduce flutter and improve comfort and control. Luff length is the longest in test at 486cm, while boom length is moderate and sits right in the middle of this group.
The FXR comes supplied with a visual trim guide, which works a treat. Unlike North, who have max and min settings, Goya (like Gun) offer just one recommended setting. We would suggest that this setting is actually more top-end orientated, and while perfect for well powered up sailing, we got a lot more out of the sail at the bottom end by using slightly less downhaul.
on the water
The FXR offers a really good compromise between blasting and manoeuvre orientated sailing. It has quite a firm, flat, stable feel to it, which makes it good for gliding through lulls, etc. The super-loose leech really helps to ease the gusts and keep control in the sail. For blasting it seemed to work best with not much outhaul on. The sail is fairly flat anyway, so a bit less outhaul really helped to bag it out and get a bit more speed and smoother power from it.
The power delivery is slightly on the sharp side, but nothing extreme. Just a nice, responsive power whilst all the other ‘feel categories’ sit pretty much in the middle of the group.
It rotates really nicely in the transitions (possibly helped by the RDM mast), and the foot is high enough to keep itself out of the way in the turns, yet still low enough to close the slot when blasting.
It’s a bit heavier in the hands than some of the other sails within this group, which combined with the slightly stiffer feel does make it a bit slower to get onto the plane in lighter winds. Setting a bit less downhaul than recommended and letting a little outhaul off does help to give it more grunt in lighter winds. However, once you’re planing the FXR will keep you gliding through the lulls where some of the softer sails will feel like they ‘deflate’ on you.
Where some of the sails in this group lean more towards blasting or manoeuvres, the FXR strikes a nice balance. It feels firm and stable in the hands, a little heavier than some of the other sails, but has good top end. Working with a little less than the recommended settings, the sail offers reasonable bottom end performance as well.