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Created by cammd 1 month ago, 19 Mar 2019
Roo
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23 Mar 2019 7:54AM
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RichardG said..



Equipe after 88 was then replaced by the Harold Iggy/ Nevin Sayre designed, Mistral Equipe 1989 which became the Mistral One Design.
The reference to Rick Naish below is incorrect. Article board test, Freesail 1989.



Thought that article looked familiar, it was from the course board test I did back in early 1989. I syndicated it around the world...had forgotten it was printed in OZ. We had the Tiga Racing Competition, Mistral Equipe, Bic Bamba, F2 Lightning World Cup Race. We were down on Sal in the Cape Verdes Islands for a month testing and getting in trouble!

Roo

cammd
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23 Mar 2019 10:11AM
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Which board won the test and why, these old boards provide a cheap entry to racing so its good to know

what raceboards from the late 80s and early 90s are the ones to look out for and which ones should be avoided

Roo
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23 Mar 2019 8:53AM
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cammd said..
Which board won the test and why, these old boards provide a cheap entry to racing so its good to know

what raceboards from the late 80s and early 90s are the ones to look out for and which ones should be avoided


Mistral Equipe won the test easily. I then did a further article customising and tuning it to bring it up to World Cup Level performance. Had a Thommen custom board to test it against, still got both boards.

Roo





RichardG
WA, 2200 posts
23 Mar 2019 9:33AM
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Would you please be able to publish the entire article here with all boards ? ie Tiga Racing Competition, Mistral Equipe, Bic Bamba, F2 Lightning World Cup Race...thanks

fjdoug
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23 Mar 2019 1:56PM
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This is at the Naish Shop a couple of years ago. There was also another of the orange equipe boards out the back on a rack , it felt like it weighed 8kg or so. Randy says they didn't bother with a sandwich construction , just carbon on styrene. I guess they weren't made to last more than a few events.





BSN101
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23 Mar 2019 10:59AM
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Roo said..




RichardG said..




Equipe after 88 was then replaced by the Harold Iggy/ Nevin Sayre designed, Mistral Equipe 1989 which became the Mistral One Design.
The reference to Rick Naish below is incorrect. Article board test, Freesail 1989.




Thought that article looked familiar, it was from the course board test I did back in early 1989. I syndicated it around the world...had forgotten it was printed in OZ. We had the Tiga Racing Competition, Mistral Equipe, Bic Bamba, F2 Lightning World Cup Race. We were down on Sal in the Cape Verdes Islands for a month testing and getting in trouble!

Roo


We have Mistral Equipe, OD & Superlight? BIC Bambas here in BSN. All sea worthy and between 3 sailors. Wallys too

515
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23 Mar 2019 3:36PM
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fjdoug said..

This is at the Naish Shop a couple of years ago. There was also another of the orange equipe boards out the back on a rack , it felt like it weighed 8kg or so. Randy says they didn't bother with a sandwich construction , just carbon on styrene. I guess they weren't made to last more than a few events.






Hey Doug,

Like a kid in candy shop
US 1111 is a legend in raceboard, slalom and waves then kite boarding and sup

azuli
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30 Mar 2019 11:16AM
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fjdoug said..

This is at the Naish Shop a couple of years ago. There was also another of the orange equipe boards out the back on a rack , it felt like it weighed 8kg or so. Randy says they didn't bother with a sandwich construction , just carbon on styrene. I guess they weren't made to last more than a few events.



Thanks for posting these photos, what an awesome collection of raceboard evolution from the days of the maui to molokai, and pan am cup, to PBA world cup, during the glory days of the Naish / Mistral partnership.

I notice on the Mistral website they have recently reintroduced windsurfing products after 20 years, but they all seem pretty underwhelming, especially looking at where they came from as demonstrated by this collection of their history.

This collection also demonstrates how raceboards evolved from designs for long distance ocean races, then to M course racing on the world cup - initially with minimum wind strength above force 4, then lighter winds and Olympic course racing formats (influencing an increase in board volume).

I guess this is how the raceboard evolved to become so versatile - Still the best all round design for sailing long distances as currently demonstrated by Jono Dunnett sailing around Europe (windsurfroundeurope.eu) and course racing in the widest range of wind and sea conditions.



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