"The most powerful sail in the group”
“Really good for jumping with its stable, powerful and balanced pull”
“Can get a little back-handed at the top end, particularly for lighter riders”
“Eclipse 2011 Pro provides the ultimate in worldwide power wave performance. Inspired by the progressive and technical riding of Levi Siver, the sail is designed to deliver quick and stable power and easy handling in a huge variety of wave and freestyle conditions. Major advancements in materials and components truly make Eclipse 2011 a wave sail without limits.”– goyasails.com
The most obvious change on this year’s Goya is the addition of the new lightweight scrim X-ply. This has given a weight saving over last year’s model of 0.35kg (nearly 10%), which is fairly substantial and puts what looks like one of the best built sails of the group at a fairly respectable weight of just 3.87kg.
There are a few other changes, with this year’s model including carbon fibre within the Kevlar stretch control to ensure an even more stable foil. There is also a new ‘Poly Clew’ outhaul system that offers a choice of upper or lower eyelet position. Choose high for lift and power or low for flexibility and manoeuvrability with a reduced boom length.
The Eclipse includes a recommended trim system, which works very well. Although only one set is marked on the sail, be aware that you can work a little either side of this to accommodate personal preference.
Both luff length (427cm) and boom length (175cm) are fairly moderate within this test group.
There is no doubting that the Goya is a powerful sail. It has quite a full and stable set to it, which gives the best low end performance on test (jointly with the Simmer Iron) and a very solid pull to it.
Changing the clew eyelet position from top to bottom does make a difference to the feel of the sail, but generally we felt the Eclipse seemed to work best using the upper position within the conditions we used it in.
In the hands, the sail is slightly lighter than last year’s, but still one of the heavier feeling of the group. The fullness and power are partly responsible for this feel, but so also is the longer boom. Like the 4.7 version (tested in September) it does feel slightly bigger on the water than the other sails, but the upside is that you can use a slightly smaller sail than others might be on.
Within its comfortable wind range, the Eclipse is excellent. It gets you onto the plane quickly and keeps the power low down in a manageable position. It doesn’t feel too dissimilar to last year’s model – perhaps just a little lighter in the hands and a little more springy and forgiving in feel. It’s great for jumping thanks to the power and drive, while being very good for riding as well.
As the wind increases and you start to get overpowered the pull position shifts back a bit and starts to make the sail harder work. Our heavier Clones (over 80kg) had less of a problem than the lighter ones, but the characteristic is evident nevertheless. It’s not unmanageable – it’s more like the sail just has too much power at the top end. Applying more downhaul and outhaul helps a bit, but the top end is still more limited than some of the other sails in this test.
So, at the top end you can flatten the sail off to some extent or simply change down a little earlier, but either way, the lower and mid range of the Eclipse does make amends for the slight lack of comfort at the top end. The pull position is generally pretty centred, the power delivery moderate, and the sail errs on the grunty / more powerful side of this group.
The 2011 Eclipse is a power sail. At the bottom end the sail is unrivalled within this group for power, drive and early planing. At the top end it can get a little back-handed when fully wound. Overall however, the Eclipse is a great all-round wave sail that offers a solid and stable power, fantastic jumping performance and balanced handling within its comfortable wind range, as well as the freedom to use a smaller sail than most.
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