The equipment we use is nearly “One-Design” but we are not strict about the equipment used. The recommended equipment is: a 11 1/2′ board of about 240 liters of volume and a sail of up to 7.5 square meters. The Mistral IMCO sailboard (previously used in the Olympics) is the standard, but other suitable craft are OK. Starting in the 1998 season many of us began sailing on Mistral Superlight II boards equipped with Windwing 7.5 sq. meter sails. The Superlight II is almost identically the Mistral Equipe II so Equipe II boards can also do well in our group activities.
By 2012, the Windwing and IMCO sails had become pretty shabby and we have made a mass purchase of Kona One 7.4 sails. These sails are much flatter than the IMCO 7.5 so are not as good in light or moderate wind, therefor we have decided to forbid the further use of the IMCO sails.
The Kona sails have no camber inducers. The Kona 7.4 uses a 460 mast.
The original Mistral Superlight craft are quite competitive in this fleet, often beating all IMCOs and most Superlight IIs in winds less than 12 mph.
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We had a pleasant evening of racing even though the skies were overcast. The winds were light and shifty making for interesting racing. Rolf was on form and won the first two heats. This is the first time that Brad has not been battling for the lead in the Windsurfer LT. We are not sure if he was having an off day or if the light conditions favored the SuperLight board and Kona sail combination. Keith, and Ward were battling it out in the pack with some neck and neck finishes. In the final race Rolf passed Ward with only a few feet to go but was not able to make up the difference on Owain who took the final heat.