“Most windsurfers do not specialise in waves, freestyle, speed or racing. Just about everyone not in one of these specific groups who enjoys the thrill of blasting across the ocean should look towards the T4 for its stunning blend of silky-smooth power and effortless rotation in manoeuvres.”– tushingham.com
on the beach
The Tushingham sits right in the middle of this group when it comes to luff length (475cm) and boom length (200cm). When it comes to tuning it’s a pretty tolerant sail and can cope well with a wide range of settings. Generally it sets quite loose at the head and with decent fullness low down.
Some of these sails work well with virtually no outhaul at all (for speed and power), but be careful with the Tushingham as letting too much outhaul off does make it very light on the back hand. One or two centimetres seemed to do the trick nicely for most conditions.
The Tushingham (like the Rushwind) opts for a cringle rather than pulley-block at the foot, so make sure that you have a hook for downhauling. It’s nice to see that Tushingham have recessed the foot cringle a bit more this year, which makes setting your extension length less critical.
on the water
The Tushingham stands out within this group for having a relatively soft power delivery, although not quite as extreme as the Ezzy. This makes it very easygoing, as it absorbs gusts well and there are no abrupt surges of power when coming out of gybes, etc.
In a straight line the Tushingham is good for blasting with a stable and slightly more rigid feel than some of the other sails in this group. The power is generally quite far forward. Only in the biggest gusts is there a hint of back hand pull where the sail doesn’t quite release fully. It remains stable thanks to the rigidity in the sail, but it does require slightly more effort than some of the other sails to keep locked down.
However, it’s this slight tightness in the back of the sail that gives it such good drive at the bottom end of the wind spectrum. The Tushingham was arguably the fastest sail onto the plane, and once there the extra rigidity in the foil gave it very good glide through the lulls. In manoeuvres it isn’t the lightest sail in the hands (despite the 100% carbon mast), but the softness of rotation and power delivery compensates somewhat for this.
The Tushingham is a really nice all-round freeride sail with a good balance between straight line performance and manoeuvres. It has a relatively soft power delivery that makes it very user-friendly, although it’s not quite as responsive as some of the other sails on test. It also boasts very good light wind performance.