The Eclipse is brand new for 2010 and replaces the W3D as the all-round wave sail from Goya and is Maui ripper Levi Siver's signature sail. It is primarily of full X-Ply construction, but a Limited Edition Mono (window) version is available for those looking for more visibility and a slightly sharper more direct feel. The Guru remains in the range as the hardcore down-the-line wave sail.
"The ECLIPSE is the ultimate worldwide wave and wave style sail. Incredible low end power. Huge range. The reduced luff length of ECLIPSE enables quick sail transitions and in the air rotations. Shortened luff length also allows for 370 mast up to 4.4, 400 mast on 5.3 and 430 mast up to 6.2.
Incredible high end control. Down the line waves, High Wind Acrobatics, Blazing top end speed- the ECLIPSE does it all.
ECLIPSE features the new reduced head, step leech outline- this reduces head "wag" makes the sail much quieter in the hands, increases your comfort and control meaning more time on the water for you." – Goya Website
off water description
Due to a production problem, we were unable to get the recommended Goya mast for this sail in time for test. We were advised by Goya to use a Simmer mast and then later on an Ezzy mast as the best alternative match.
Within a period of two years, Goya have gone from being one of the most subliminal sails on the water to one of the most visually striking! The new sails look great and really stand out this year.
The sails are clearly well built and thought through with great attention to detail. Features of the Eclipse include: Kevlar stretch control tendons and perimeter reinforcement, symetrical internal batten positioning, double width triple step and zig zag stitching as well as a decent 3D moulded tack fairing.
Luff length on the Eclipse is one of the shortest in the group, whilst boom length is fairly moderate. The recommended trim system works a treat and was fairly accurate. Although like last year, we found the sail worked a bit better (particularly at the top end) with a bit more downhaul - although this is perhaps a factor of the mast...
on water description
If you were to group the Eclipse with another sail in this test, you would put it with the Simmer Icon. And that’s a good thing!
The Eclipse has the same great all-round appeal, feeling very much at home in a wide range of conditions with good bottom end power and reasonably good top end (more in this later). It also has that firm, slightly rigid feel, giving it a great combination of stability, drive, responsiveness and predictability.
It’s worth noting however that whilst the stiffer feel has the advantages listed above, it can be harder work in choppier, gusty conditions, where a softer sail tends to absorb and adjust more readily. It's your choice!
The Eclipse feels slightly more compact than the Icon. It’s also ever so slightly more forward pulling. This makes it feel manouverable, light in the hands, and great for wave riding.
On the negative side, it doesn't feel quite as refined as the Simmer at the top end, where the Simmer stays locked solid at the front and stable, whilst the Eclipse starts to get ever so slightly back handed and requires more downhaul to keep the sail working properly. Again this could be a product of having the wrong mast...
Overall, it's splitting hairs as both sails work really well and were firm favourites with our test Clones as all-round wave sails for all conditions. Personal preference will dictate whether you prefer the stiffer feel of these sails or the softer feel of something like the Pryde.
The Eclipse is at the front of the pack as an all-round ‘do it all’ wave sail for all conditions. It has plenty of power, good wind range and a slightly firmer/more rigid feel than most. It’s unfortunate that we weren't able to test on the recommended mast as this might have helped the top end of the sail - the only area that we could really find any fault with.
"The forward driving feel of the ECLIPSE can be optimized by making sure you have enough downhaul on the sail. This is a tuning function in the sail that provides an opportunity for lighter sailors to make the sail more forward driving and neutral. Reducing the outhaul a bit will give heavier sailors the opportunity to juice up the back hand a bit and create a power source to draw on when they are just trying to get going or step up their speed.
Jason Diffin, Sail Design Goya Sails"