First night out was blowing 15, gusting above 20 so I decided not to risk the new sail yet.
In the two races since then, so far so good with the new headsail. It''s probably heavier than some of my competitors snazzy higher tech sails, but it trims nicely and I can definitely feel more power in the boat. Time will tell how it holds up over this season and next, the lifespan I need to feel my money was well spent.
It''s tough to tell the direct effect of the sails on our placements in races to date, as it''s only our second season out AND we re-did the bottom this year too (bye-bye 17 years of Micron CSC types, hello VC Offshore).
Last year we considered oursleves doing well if we were on the same leg as the rest of our class when they crossed the line
, this week we were :56 away from second-to-last, week one we were 1:27 behind the next boat. For us, quite an improvement.
Performance gains are 99% boat prep & sails though, the crew is still pretty confused.