The W3D is Goya’s power sail for all-round wave sailing. It has been substantially re-worked for 2009 and sits in the range above the Guru for power.
"The 2009 W3D is a pure performance, pro level worldwide wave sail. The W3D delivers instant and direct power.
For 2009, we have taken the best features and characteristics of the earlier model W3D sails and refined them in to a new direction. The power, lift and drive you expect from a Goya W3D sail, but with a more balanced power point, and increased control in high wind. This wider wind range will give you added comfort, power and confidence to really go for it wherever you sail" – Goya website
The W3D has the second shortest luff length in the test (427cm) to the Simmer Iron and a moderate boom length of 175cm. It is designed to set on an RDM mast and we tested it on the supplied Goya 100% version.
It sports a full X-Ply construction making it and the Simmer Icon the only two sails within this test to choose X-Ply.
Detailing is very good which includes features such as stretch control, good reinforcing, a boom height scale and the excellent visual trim guide.
Visually the leech looks very loose between the top two battens (even with recommended set). We found the recommended trim was ok for most conditions but did find the sail worked better with a little more downhaul than suggested. It made it look very loose at the head (and admittedly lost a bit of bottom end) but the top end was much better and the sail felt a lot more balanced in the hands with a more stable power point.
Compared to the other sails in this test, the Goya W3D feels like a smaller sail on the water. We checked it’s size by overlaying it on the other sails, but found that it isn't visibly any smaller - it just feels it. And this is a good thing.
It feels very ‘throw-about’ and manoeuvrable in the hands and feels like a proper wave sail should. Some of the sails in this group feel almost like small freeride sails. Great for power and blasting but not so great when you want to throw them around in the air or on the wave face.
The front of the sail feels quite rigid, whilst the head and the leech are quite loose. This gives the W3D quite a stable and light feel in the hands and the best top end of all the sails here (when downhauled slightly beyond recommended).
The bottom end is pretty good, particularly with the downhaul set at recommended, but it isn't the most powerful sail in this group. To get the best top end out of it you will need to apply a bit more downhaul, otherwise it will start to feel a little backhanded as the wind increases and the pull in the sail seems to move around a little. A touch more downhaul really sorts this out.
The power delivery strikes a nice balance between being sharp enough to accelerate fast, yet soft enough to make the sail feel nicely forgiving.
There is quite a lot of batten shape in the lower battens. This helps the stability of the sail but does give it a slightly clunkier rotation than most.
The Goya W3D was a favourite amongst our test Clones. Not the most powerful sail in this test but arguably the best wave sail. It feels light in the hands, manoeuvrable and lot of fun to use.
PHOTOS BY: Simon Crowther
"Low end power-
Like the other models in our range, the W3D is very tunable on the outhaul. For maximum low end power, the outhaul can be set very lightly- about 1cm of positive to give maximum foil shape and low end power. From there, outhaul can be increased to bring a more neutral feel to the sail but no matter how strong the wind you should not over-outhaul the sail- it becomes too flat, inefficient, and unwieldy. It is a popular misconception that the windier it gets the more outhaul you should add-it's only true to a point- but go too far and you kill the sail making it harder to hold on to.
As indicated by the test, the bottom of the sail is cut with a lot of shape- this firm, forward shape can give a more abrupt transition of the sail from tack to tack- especially if the battens are too tight. For correct batten tension it is important to tension just until the vertical wrinkles around and through the pockets disappear- this is just enough tension to support the intended shape but not so much that it over-stretches the sail, causing a tighter, harder rotation.