GOYA MARK 7.2M 2016 TEST REVIEW
The Mark is a new addition to the Goya sail range for 2016, pitched squarely at use with freerace boards such as their new Bolt. With a six-batten framework and use of the brand’s signature features such as the Carbon Stretch Control seam, extensive use of scrim throughout its peripheral panels and x-ply in the luff panel, the new sail is designed to be both quick to rig and easy to tune. Tested on a Goya 90% RDM, there is lots of luff curve to the Mark, one of the most in this group, the downhaul spot in the upper panel providing a clear indication of the extent of tension required. There is also plenty of shape to its profile below the boom and in the sail’s mid-section, although the battens retain little to no rotation around the mast. Using 5 mm monofilm in the main window and a familiar panel layup and colour scheme to the other sails in the Goya range, the Mark has a clean and handsome appearance, with a quality feel to its finish.
“The all new Mark allows you to focus on your line and tactics rather than managing your sail. A super lightweight six batten build plus its truncated boom length give the Mark a compact, light, easy feeling as you accelerate, when you are powered up at speed and through high speed technical transitions.”
On the water the Mark was a real powerhouse, providing the energy to punch the board clear of the water at the earliest opportunity. Accelerating with interest, it was keen to adopt a locked in and committed stance, the low cut foot making it easy to close the gap yet keep the sail upright and driving forwards to an impressive speed. The power delivery is solid, the sail feeling very firm and dispatching constant positive feedback to the hands. It is certainly one of the best in the group for making the most of fluky conditions, generating the same power as some sails half a metre bigger in size. It charges through lulls as if they’re not there and helps the board efficiently lift and fly on its fin, pointing at impressive angles to the wind. As the wind increases, this energy continues to load up in the sail, requiring a strong hand to take command and keep the Mark trimmed evenly. It’s an interesting situation as the Mark’s form doesn’t decay as such with the profile steadfastly locked forward in the draft. It’s as if the sail just keeps generating power in abundance and will match you if you’re game to keep holding on! To this end, we’d find ourselves changing down sooner than on other sails, confident that a smaller Mark will have ample bottom end drive, with the added bonus of a smaller sail’s manoeuvrability.
Providing constant useable drive with a firm dependable delivery, the Mark is easy to lock in and charge around with, and found particular favour with the team in marginal conditions.
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