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Goya Eclipse 5.3 2012

Goya Eclipse 5.3

Stats Size (m2) 5.3 Luff (cm) 427 Boom (cm) 175 Battens 5 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS Extension Req (cm) 27 Price £549

Background
The Eclipse is a power wave sail from Goya that is designed for radical wave and freestyle riding. It is available in either full X-ply construction, for strength, or Mono construction for lightness and handling.

At a glance
This is the full X-ply model, which is really well built and extremely solid, it looks like it will stand up to some serious abuse. For 2012 the Eclipse has lost even more weight thanks to new lighter weight materials and construction. It has five battens, with an angled leech and the Goya reduced head, which is claimed to improve handling and manoeuvrability.

Rigging
Recommended mast is a RDM 400 and we tested the sail with a Goya Direct Drive 90% 400 RDM. It is easy to rig and tune with clear guilds on the sail. The tuning range is good and can be adjusted with the outhaul once the downhaul is set, there are also two outhaul clew options for fine tuning.

On the water
It is very well balanced, with a solid low down pull and the bottom end grunt is excellent, pulling you quickly up to speed, it is packing lots of power for the sail area. The handling is great and the power is very easy to control, on the wave or in manoeuvres the power can be very smoothly switch to neutral and it remains well balanced while being thrown in and out of moves, with plenty of pull when you need it to get you out of trouble or into the next section. The wind range on the water is good, as well as having good bottom end, it is also very controlled at the top end and deals well with gusts and lulls, however to get the most out of its wind range, slight tuning with the outhaul is necessary.

Summing up
A solid, well-built and lightweight but bombproof wave sail that will suit a wide range of rider levels, although the more advanced sailors will get the most out of it.

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