“The 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 the Eclipse 2011 a wave sail without limits.”– goyasails.com
On the Beach
The most obvious change on this year’s Eclipse is the addition of the new lightweight scrim X-ply. This has given a weight saving over last year’s model of 0.3kg (nearly 10%), which is fairly substantial.
There are a few other changes, with this year’s sail including carbon fibre within the kevlar stretch control to ensure an even, more stable foil. There’s 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.
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.
The luff length (407cm) is fairly moderate within the group, while the boom length is second longest in test.
On the water
There’s no doubting that the Goya is a powerful sail. It has quite a full and stable set to it, which gives great low-end performance (the best in test in fact) with a very solid pull. 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.
In the hands the sail is slightly lighter than last year’s, but it’s still one of the heavier feeling in test. The fullness and power are partly responsible for this feel, but so is the longer boom. 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, keeps the power low down in a manageable position, and 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 on 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 it 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.