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Starboard Phantom 377L

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Created by scottydog > 9 months ago, 22 Apr 2015
scottydog
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24 Jun 2015 4:30AM
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BSN101 said..

Scottydog, yeah keep the vids of your awesome water playground coming. What formula board do you have and what size sail in the vid? Which do you prefer formula or phantom?
Cheers Dave


Hi Dave, forgot to respond.

So yeah the board is a Starboard Free Formula and the sail a NP RSS 10m.

I'd say for sure I enjoy sailing the Phantom most of the time. It just has such a big range and is easy to get into a groove with. Also because it's got so many options you never get bored trying to figure it out. I enjoy how you can turn it nicely at slow speeds and take it exploring into areas with coves and islands. Quite a few of the practice sessions I take the "long" way home and cruise through some really nice areas, pretty much perfect for paddle boarding without the paddling!

Also longboards are fun as your friends can give it a go or you can invite a cute girl to join. On my old IMCO there was a weight limit so no big girls! I imagine the 377L won't have that issue....... huh going to have to think about that one! lol

For sure the best summer part is the long distance stuff where you know if the wind drops getting home is not an issue. Going upwind when it's light is great, plus if I have a catch a few friends and have a few beers longboarding home is easier.

I can't say I love sailing the FF, it's more a light wind necessary evil. That said there are days when it's good fun and amazing to be planning. Whenever my buddies on the foiling moths go out I leave the Phantom on the roof and take the FF.

So yeah prefer Phantom over Free Formula.


BSN101
WA, 1490 posts
24 Jun 2015 1:11PM
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Hi Scottydog,

Thanks for the insight. Im going to look for a 130ish & 100ish litre boards and get my Bic Bamba out on the light days.

You must have a nice collection of kit.

Ill try to put one of my short vids up too.

Keep yours coming.

Cheers
Dave

tazmania
WA, 83 posts
24 Jun 2015 3:54PM
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BSN101 said..
Hi Scottydog,

Thanks for the insight. Im going to look for a 130ish & 100ish litre boards and get my Bic Bamba out on the light days.

You must have a nice collection of kit.

Ill try to put one of my short vids up too.

Keep yours coming.

Cheers
Dave


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BSN101
WA, 1490 posts
24 Jun 2015 4:35PM
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tazmania said..

BSN101 said..
Hi Scottydog,

Thanks for the insight. Im going to look for a 130ish & 100ish litre boards and get my Bic Bamba out on the light days.

You must have a nice collection of kit.

Ill try to put one of my short vids up too.

Keep yours coming.

Cheers
Dave



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Cheers

Nice profile!

BBQ looked great

Dwbh
QLD, 813 posts
27 Jun 2015 7:35PM
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Great videos - Thanks for sharing

scottydog
214 posts
9 Jul 2015 9:48PM
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Hey well back from my event in Jersey! Every 2 years there is the Small Island Games which allows small nations to compete with each other. I've done it 3 times now and really enjoyed the atmosphere.

Was a little eventful getting there and probably lost a bit of focus as a result.

Basically things got off on the wrong foot with flight cancellations and needing to be rerouted the following day having us arrive late the night before the event. When we did arrive very jetlagged out kit never came, so no wetsuit, harness, boots adjustable outhauls!

We were on brand new Kona One boards. I knew it was going to be challenging for myself as never sailed in current and rarely would go out in the super light winds we had for 3 of the days! The boards are fairly heavy for their size and don't rail up and accelerate in the light winds like the Phantom, but being one design we're all in the same boat. Rigging is quite different than I'm used to, far less or practically no twist to the sail.

The first 2 days struggled a bit, the borrowed waist harness didn't allow for hanging on the boom to level the board with MFP and the lack of adjustable outhaul not ideal either. On the first day lost 4 places in two races with a sticking centerboard forcing me to drop the sail and by hand fight with the thing! I did swear a bit! Discovered forget the silicone spray and go with a bar of soap!

Day 2 must have been about 3 knots of breeze and I swear the current was more effective in getting upwind at times! Still down the back was feeling a bit down with it all.

Day 3 our kit arrived so outhauls and seat harnesses on! Amazingly found myself leading the first race on the first triangle, but lot out on the second upwind leg only to find the outhaul had slipped messing my upwind angle! My one change for a bullet shattered! On the flip side my teammate got his first win! The next 2 races had me mid and front positions so was feeling better!

Day 4 came and again no wind! But in the late noon it came in with a bang! All the Lasers were being blown over and race committee had us racing our kit in the water like a WW2 Spitfire squadron! lol This was the day to spin things around! They set up a long distance figure 8 slalom course. The wind was super gusty and patchy so could be 17 knots then 6 knots! The outer gybe mark was crazy rough with the current causing a standing wave.

First race I totally got the start wrong so was last over the line having to then reel in the rest. It was at this point that I discovered all the lightwind specialists were totally not in their element! Was able to slice and dice through the gybe marks and put myself in 4th.

The next race with a better start things went better even if it was super tough! Everyone was flicking the centerboard down and up perhaps 10 - 15 times in the race as the lulls and gusts came through! No pumping is allowed so getting the most through the lulls super important. got a 3rd that race.

The final race dumped almost all the downhaul, sail was a bag! But of course 2 minutes before the start the wind came in something serious! It was a total hang on for grim death and survive the gybes! Was fun battling with the guys from Jersey, swapping places thought the race. Lucky for me he slipped up and fell in on the gybe letting me get a second 3rd.

My teammate blasted out 3 wins, putting him up to 2nd overall. That was the end of the event and as typical the wind came in very nicely for the next 3 days when we were there!

This was the 3rd race of the final day, the drone footage seems to dilute the actual conditions. I'm BER3 my teammate BER2, gybing with the sail so bagged was pretty challenging.

scottydog
214 posts
9 Jul 2015 9:49PM
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This was the first day of racing and was the windiest of the light days believe it or not!

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scottydog
214 posts
18 Nov 2015 10:26PM
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So put together another video with some of the sailing from earlier this summer. I haven't been out on it for maybe 4 months now, getting put away for the winter!

joe windsurf
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19 Nov 2015 5:27AM
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A1 !!

did u LET the Kona pass u ??

scottydog
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19 Nov 2015 9:57PM
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joe windsurf said..
A1 !!

did u LET the Kona pass u ??


Ha ha...

It's all quite complicated, quite a few factors came into play. So I have a 9.5m sail, my mate a 10.6m V8. The difference in power is huge, a lot of this is because I run a NP mast in my Serverne so sail rigs too flat by the time you induce twist in the sail. That twist seems to keep mainly in the very top section. So at certain points of sail and when it's breezy it's not so idea.

What was noticed is on reaching legs would be fairly close, but the Kona for sure more comfortable. But in terms of light wind sailing and anything upwind, downwind the Phantom was in a different league. We would have fun races and sometimes I'd end up a minute or two ahead. It really likes surfing off a wave and making up ground in the light stuff.




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