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In 2016 Gaastra enjoyed its greatest success in the PWA slalom competitions. For the first time Ross Williams won his place on the podium in the final PWA slalom ranking and Taty Frans came in high sixth position. Both were using the GA Sails Vapor.

For the 2017 season Gaastra’s racing machine become even more efficient! One of the main changes is even better low end power. All sizes has been divided into 3 groups: two largest sizes: 9.3 and 9.6 represent more light wind characteristics, middle sizes 7.1, 7.9 and 8.6 are more universal, and smaller ones like 6.4, 5.8 and 5.4 are definitely aimed at stronger winds.
In terms of design the 2017 Vapor is divided into two groups: first are the two largest sizes using a redesigned foot geometry and lack of cross batten arranging. All other smaller sizes feature the Cross Batten system. In the whole range the 2017 Vapor uses a wider mast pocket that significant improves power of the sail. The width of the mast pocket proportionally decreases as the sail size gets smaller.

To take advantage of the slightest pice of wind energy the 2017 Vapor has more effi-cient leech twist. Also the cambers has been improved, rotation of the sail is much smoother now as well as acceleration after the jibe! The top four batten pockets are better integrated with the panel for a more symmetric, more efficient, direct and lighter construction.

Simple layout with fewer panels and less seams dramatically reduced the total weight of the sail.

New for 2017

  • All new constant curve luff curve
  • New high-aspect-outline
  • New removable Cam creating an broader tuning range
  • Improved POSI-LEECH with new dynamic cut-out for more power and agility.
  • Inset clew geometry for reduced boom length
  • New Integrated-Batten-Technology improves efficiency, response and rig weight
  • New Lightweight performance panel-layout for a maximum strength to weight ratio

 

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Opinions
Sail has changed a lot, but only for the better. I’m not really able to point out the bad sides of this change. I was just gently engaged in research & development, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all changes surprised me very positively. Usually when we add speed we lose power in the lower wind range or control in the upper wind range, but with Vapor 2017 nothing of these things happens! The center of power moved more forward, which further stabilizes the whole set and allows you to squeeze maximum speed and power with extraordinary control.
Specification
SIZE MAST IMCS LUFF BOOM BASE BATTEN TOP CAMS IDEAL MAST WEIGHT (KG)
5.4 400 19 407 185 10 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 5,2
5.8 400 19 422 192 25 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 5,3
6.4 400/430 19/21 439 197 40/10 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 5,8
7.1 430 21 461 208 32.5 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 6,2
7.9 460 25 490 217 32.5 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 6,5
8.6 490 29 512 228 25 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 6,7
9.3 520 34 534 237 15 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 7,0
9.6 520 34 543 241 25 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM 7,1
10.0 520 34 tbc tbc tbc 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM tbc
11.0 550 37 tbc tbc tbc 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM tbc
12.0 550 37 tbc tbc tbc 8 Fixed 4 Gaastra 100 SDM tbc
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