"Wavesailing is a race, even more so when there is a competition. You only have so much time to enjoy a good swell and only so much energy. To be most upwind, first at the peak, to have power through the white water, and to have speed to jump, you need maximum efficiency, power, and pointing ability. There is no start / finish line, but the needs are the same.”
MauiSails have three ‘wave’ ranges on offer: the Global, Legend and Ghost XT. The Global (tested last month in our power wave 5.3m group) is their ‘power wave’ targeted at fast, high wind sailing, all types of wavesailing and freestyle. The Legend tested here is focused more at crossshore riding, whilst the Ghost XT is essentially a light weight version of the Legend.
on the beach
At 3.41kg the MauiSails Legend is an impressively light sail – the second lightest in this group. The luff length has been shortened for 2012 and now sits at 407cm (around mid-range here), along with a boom length of 163cm. The Legend sets as standard on a 400cm mast and was tested on their own 100% RDM SRS Wave.
As we found with the Global, the Legend sets a little differently to most of the sails within this group. It sets with virtually no pre-set shape in the battens, and as such looks very flat on the beach. Once loaded up, the sail takes on a moderately flat profile with the battens sitting less rotated than some of the fuller profiled sails.
Initially we used the sail with the ‘recommended setting’, but as with the Global, the Legend seems to lighten up and stabilise a lot with some extra downhaul. The power was a little further back on the Legend than on any of the other sails within this group. Without enough downhaul it had plenty of pull but didn’t feel like it was converting this pull into forward motion as effectively as it did with more downhaul.
The outhaul setting seems to be pretty critical. Too little and the sail bags over the boom and feels a little unstable; too much and it feels a bit twitchy and powerless at the bottom end. Get it right and you will get the correct blend of power and control. Spend some time to make sure you get the optimum setting, as it really makes quite a difference to the range of this sail. It’s worth making sure you have plenty of tension on the lower battens too, as this helps to stabilise the sail and give it a crisper, slightly more direct feel.
Sizes: 2.9, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.1
Tested on: SRS Wave RD M 400cm 100%
Size tested: 4.7m
on the water
On the water we found the Legend to be quite a powerful sail. The nature of the sail does require the wind to fill it out before the power really arrives, and once filled the pull is delivered further back than on the other sails, which gives the Legend a gruntier feel in the hands. In a straight line the more rearward power position gives the Legend a heavier feel in the hands than the low material weight might have suggested, but does give a reassuring sense of ‘power’.
At the top end the rearward pull position, finer entry and softer feel ultimately limit the control and stability. With enough downhaul and outhaul the sail is manageable when overpowered and playful for waveriding – especially as it is so easily depowered. However, for jumping the more rearward pull position and softer feel didn’t give riders as much confidence as some of the others in the air. (After correspondence with MauiSails about tuning after this test was completed, it has been recommended that more outhaul tension would have helped lock the draft forward and given a more stable feeling. They have voiced concern that we have perhaps missed this ‘ideal’ setting during the process of the test and have therefore not realised the full top end potential of this sail.)
Where we see the Legend excelling is in lighter waveriding conditions, which is ultimately the key objective of the design. In these ‘float-and-ride’ conditions the Legend has good power to get you out through the waves, and then once on the wave it feels very smooth, with an easy on/off power and more rearward pull position helping to drive the board through the turns. The lower material weight is also a real bonus in these conditions, making the Legend feel very agile in the hands.
The Legend is an impressively lightweight sail combining decent low-end power with a more rearward pull position. From our experience, the softer nature of the sail and pull position ultimately reduce stability at the top end and make it more of a riding than an all-round and jumping sail. However, it’s worth noting MauiSails’ input (above) regarding the correct tuning of this sail for high end performance. When it comes to proper waveriding conditions the Legend is very good, feeling very light, smooth and agile in the hands. You can power and depower the sail easily on the wave, and there’s still plenty of punch on tap to get you back out through the waves ready for your next ride.
right of reply
Artur Szpunar, co-sail designer at Maui sails, gives his reponse..
With correct tuning, the Legend is actually quite well known for it’s very light, balanced and forgiving handling and control on the top end and has been recognized specifically for these characteristics by customers, riders and in other major magazine tests this year.
After receiving the photos from the Boardseeker test it was quite evident that the sail needed significantly more downhaul and proportionately more positive outhaul to realize its potential on the top end. When tensioned correctly for powered conditions, the leech will appear to have a significant, progressive looseness extending from just above the clew and gradually increasing towards the head. The batten above the boom should set up right behind the mast on an RDM.
Statically on the beach the sail appears fairly flat but as soon as it is in the wind it will take on a very well balanced and efficient profile while the leech provides the optimum balance of tension for power and release to smooth out the gusts. The ability of the sail to luff flat allows for very light handling on the wave and in maneuvers. The Legends have great tune-ability and their full performance range can be unlocked with a little familiarity with the correct settings.