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TUSHINGHAM ROCK 4.7 2013 TEST REVIEW

Stats Size (m2) 4.7 Luff (cm) 407 Boom (cm) 163 Battens 5 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS RDM Extension Req (cm) 13 Price £409

TUSHINGHAM ROCK 4.7 2013 TEST REVIEW

BACKGROUND
All-new for 2013 the Tushingham Rock has had a complete overhaul, with fresh styling and materials. Featuring an updated luff curve, the new Rock is designed to be more direct and much crisper than ever before.

Available in two different constructions, there’s the lighter weight option using a 1.5ml high tech laminate (tested) in the top half of the sail – – or the heavier duty 5mil X-ply version if you’re a bit harder on your kit.

AT-A-GLANCE
Firstly, the new styling of the Rock looks great and appears a lot sharper than previous models. It’s a five batten compact shape with a slightly stepped leech to shorten the boom length. There’s plenty of X-ply re-enforcement throughout the sail and a large clear window in the middle.

RIGGING
Using the recommended 400 Tushingham RD100 mast we found that, although there’s good tuning range, you really can’t go wrong as the Rock isn’t too tuning-critical. It has two outhaul options at the clew so you can adjust to suit the conditions.

PERFORMANCE
The Rock feels super light in the hands and is well balanced, with a low-but-forward pull. The power feeds in very smoothly and it has a fairly soft feel although a nice amount of feedback through the backhand allows sharper power control.

The bottom-end grunt is good for getting going early and once you’re planing it’s a very comfortable and forgiving sail to ride with confidence on the wave or in manoeuvres

THE VERDICT
The new Rock has been revamped nicely to deliver far more performance than before, without losing its easy-handling and user-friendly characteristics – we also think it looks good too! The Rock is suitable for wave rookies to experts and can deliver in any conditions. Well done Tushingham!

tushingham.com

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