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Tushingham Lightning 7.8 2012

Tushingham Lightning 7.8

Stats Size (m2) 7.8 Luff (cm) 490 Boom (cm) 213 Battens 6 Ideal Mast 460/25 IMCS Extension Req (cm) 30 Price £465

The Lightning has been in the Tushingham range for a number of years now and is a classic twin cam freerace sail. It features in the range alongside the X-15 full-on race sail as a no fuss freerace alternative.

At a glance
It has six battens with two roller cams, a medium width luff tube and a low cut foot. It has quite a full foil shape and a slightly cut-down clew for a reduced boom length.

It is very quick and easy to rig, providing you follow the rigging instructions (there are some useful rigging and tuning tips on the Tushingham web-site that are well worth a look). We found that once the down-haul is set you can tune it nicely with the out-haul for the conditions but it also isn’t too critical of fine tuning so you don’t need to be constantly adjusting it to get the most out of it.

It feels light, well balanced and neutral in the hands. The bottom end grunt is superb and it will get you going quickly, with the least amount of effort. It does also respond well to being pumped. Once going it remains very stable through the full wind range, which really encourages and enables you to push it harder and harder. At the top end it is a fast sail which is largely down to the easy and comfortable nature of the handling. The light and neutral characteristics also make it great through manoeuvres and it has excellent pull and acceleration when you exit on the other side.

The verdict
The Lightning is an easy and rewarding high performance twin cam sail that any level of rider will enjoy using, from freeriders to racers, it has a lot to offer everyone.


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