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David D.
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Posted: 13 January 2009 at 5:48pm | IP Logged Quote David D.

Thinking of getting rid of the raceboard which has been cluttering up the garage for the past x years?  Well don,t as you may just be tempted back onto the water and into competition at your local club and /or it could become a valuable asset as this year sees the re-emergence of the Raceboard in a nationally recognised Raceboard Class.  Positive steps have already been taken which has seen the formation of a Raceboard Steering Group and a dedicated website launch will follow with the first national event taking place at Weymouth over the weekend of 2nd, 3rd & 4th. May. With enthusiastic support from the trade in the form of Mistral, Starboard/Tushingham this class will  operate under the overall auspices of the UKWA some of whose members sit on the Raceboard Steering Group.  The class offers an ideal opportunity not only for past adult racers but  for those juniors and youths who may have not have  progressed to Zone or National squad and are too old to continue competing at T15 level a means of continuing to race for many years to come particularly at local club level.  Watch the windsurfing press for further details and the launch date of the website

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Posted: 14 January 2009 at 10:37am | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Raceboard as in +230lt very long and narrow, ie. Equipe type ?

If so why ? ... and surely as no one makes them any more, most kit will be very old/decrepit and surely raise possible safety concerns if taken to sea.





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Posted: 14 January 2009 at 3:30pm | IP Logged Quote David D.

Gavin,

Check the 2009 Starboard & Mistral product range - both are producing raceboards.  The Starboard was introduced last year although not alot made it to the UK. Both are designed along similiar lines to the Mistral Equipe - and why, because dispite its apparent decline in the face of Formula and the Olympic RSX class, its remained popular for the "non- specialist" competitor and indeed frequently outnumbers these classes at national events.



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Posted: 14 January 2009 at 6:54pm | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Didn't see the new boards (don't read the mags anymore) but still, why are they so popular ? I'm presuming that as a 'do it all' board, they still can't be beat.

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Posted: 14 January 2009 at 7:44pm | IP Logged Quote GBR 974

hay gavin,

the reson race boards are so populer still, the older generation love them no affence dave,as i used to race them a bit  not grate comps ,but i no for a fact a good sailer can handle it from 1 knot thew to 40 knots as all i used to use was a 6.6 i could be on the long board  but still in control,ive even used a 10 meater  in 30 knots know that was intesting,

the new starboard 380's are very quick ad very deep rails for tracking up wind ,neaver seen a new mistral board

quick review from starbord website

The Phantom Race 380, the Phantom Race 320 and the Starboard Raceboard 9.5 sail: advanced equipment that provides new breath into one of the longest standing windsurfing classes

Phantom Race 380
At the 2007 Raceboard World Championships in Argentina, the latest raceboard designs on the market were pitched against the classics from the 90s. Mariano Reutemann tested all and chose Starboard's Phantom Race 380 for its performance. He went on to win the event and take home the Raceboard World Champion title.

Developed by Remi Vila, Julien Quentel, Svein Rasmussen and with recent upgrades from Mariano Reutemann, the Phantom Race 380 has since then become the new benchmark for raceboards. It takes advantage of the latest raceboard class rules with its wider width and longer daggerboard.
  • The wider width gets the board planing earlier, either daggerboard in or out, and also allows the board to reach deeper downwind angles.
  • The powerful 78cm daggerboard provides more drive and power, enabling the board to rail up earlier.
  • The extra-long mast track features a 75cm adjustment range that extends further forward, allowing the rider to maximize the waterline, maximize the power of larger rigs and close the gap between the sail and the deck more effectively.
  • The rails are extremely boxy, to provide maximum leverage and railing effect.
The Phantom Race 380 comes with eight Ultralight footstraps with complete reaching and upwind insert positions. The mast track pedal can be activated with the daggerboard head. There are no pads to save 500g in weight.

A special raceboard construction. The Phantom Race 380 construction is designed specifically for the board: full uni-directional ultralight carbon covers the entire board. A wood stripe runs along the bottom of the board and a wood shell covers two thirds of the deck to provide the board's overall structural rigidity.

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Phantom Race 320
The Phantom Race 320 is the board that links progressive lightwind windsurfing to lightwind racing performance. It measures 320cm by 71cm and is powered by the same 78cm daggerboard as the Phantom Race 380. With its dimensions, the board is race-legal for the raceboard class's Hybrid category.

Not only for racing, the Phantom Race 320 is also the ideal board for all-wind weekend windsurfing, with more performance than what a Rio would offer for example. Whether freeriding or racing in planing or non-planing conditions, the Phantom Race 320 offers you a fast gliding sensation from just 2 or 3 knots of wind. In stronger winds, the Phantom Race 320 planes up to give a fast, free ride with the feel of a much smaller board. With its new 78cm daggerboard down, the board drives upwind and reveals its power and racing potential.

It's the perfect board for windsurfers looking for a board that will be fast and fun in any wind, any time.

Starboard Raceboard 9.5 sail: specially designed by Sam Wong HK1 for the Raceboard class, the sail is a 4 cam design that is shaped with an especially deep draft, a compact shape and built in a race-special construction that is much lighter than an ordinary sail. With the return of the Raceboard class, the Starboard 9.5 is the latest and greatest, helping the Raceboard class upgrading to better equipment. This Starboard 9.5 has been the test sail used for the development of the Starboard Phantom Race 380, making them the perfect match. Rigging tips: Light sailors can use a 490 mast with mast extender that would soften the rig and allow it to flex and breath. Medium and heavy weight sailors can use a 530 or 540 mast. Severne Red Line masts are recommended. Special rigging instructions: special care is needed when sliding the mast in to the luff pocket. The mast has to stay in front of the cams when sliding through the luff pocket.

Summary:
  • High-performance racing boards for all wind conditions
  • Extra-light Carbon/Wood construction for the 380
  • Adjustable mast tracks
  • 78cm daggerboards
  • New Starboard Raceboard 9.5 sail also available



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