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GAASTRA WAVE/FREESTYLE RANGE FOR 2002 LAUNCHED

12:37 18th July 2001 by
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Gaastra… The Third Wave (2000, 2001, 2002)

Gaastra’s 2002 wave sails continue to be developed for global appeal. Their
designers and researchers realize that Maui isn’t everyone’s backyard, and that
power and range are essential to enjoyable sailing, wherever people live or
travel. All of the Manic, Grind, Pulse, and Echo, will deliver satisfying performance
and handling.

 

Manic
2002

The striking visual look of the 2002 Manic clearly states there is something
different in this hard core wave range developed by Barry Spanier, The Team™,
and World Champion, Kevin Pritchard. These new designs promise to deliver the
highest levels of performance in any situation, and are their best all round
wave sail to date.

The compact outlines have shortened luff lengths, and a soft, manageable feel.
A moderate drop tack moves the sail area lower for balance and efficiency. Long,
powerful profiles, and increased leech tension, produce more control at high
speeds. This combination produces a delicate response off the top, smooth control
in the air, and positive drive in the bottom turns.

The 2002 Manic is the best choice for down-the-line surfing performance, and
is a ‘rock garden tough’ surf sail, with nearly 100% Dimension X-ply™
fabric. A detailed chafe-proof, padded tack fairing includes a soft, functional
rigging handle and uphaul attachment. Roller wheel tack pulleys reduce downhaul
friction, and make tuning a breeze. Increased use of Kevlar™ internal
reinforcements keep weight down and strength up. Real leather chafe proofing,
smooth vinyl foot edging, and quality materials assembled with the exceptional
Gaastra attention to detail, all serve to bring you the best value in a performance
wave product.

SAIL SIZE final ideal mast imcs Recommended LUFF set boom base
6.1 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave/ Radius RDM 454 190 24
5.7 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 448 184 18
5.3 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 436 176 6
5 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 426 169 26
4.7 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 408 167 8
4.5 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 402 162 2
4.2 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 390 155 20
4 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 382 151 12
3.7 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 374 144 4
3.3 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 350 137 0
2.9 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 323 137 0

 


Grind
2002

Taking the concept of a more powerful wave sail one step further, the Grind
2002 is the Manic on steroids. The slightly deeper profiles, are blended with
a boost in luff curve to produce smooth, easy handling, entirely suited to conditions
and situations that require extra power. The smaller sizes are ideal for high
wind freestyle, and the entire range has the lower center of effort, and fine
balance associated with the shorter outline.

A detailed chafe-proof, padded tack fairing includes a soft, functional rigging
handle and uphaul attachment. Roller wheel tack pulleys reduce downhaul friction,
and make tuning a breeze. Increased use of Kevlar™ internal reinforcement
keeps weight down and strength up. Real leather chafe proofing, smooth vinyl
foot edging and quality materials throughout, are all part of the consistent
Gaastra philosophy.

SAIL SIZE final MAST IMCS RECOMMENDED LUFF BOOM base
6.6 yes 460 25 Reflex Wave 472 200 12
6.2 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 458 192 28
5.8 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 448 186 18
5.4 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 434 176 4
5 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 424 172 24
4.7 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 410 166 10
4.5 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 402 162 2
4.2 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 392 155 22
4 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 384 151 14
3.7 yes 370 17 Tidal Wave / Radius RDM 374 143 4

 


Pulse
2002

Pulse for 2002 takes advantage of an entirely new six batten layout that was
selected to produce stable power and excellent top end with a slightly taller
rig. The high cut foot and moderate clew position, work perfectly for freestyle
and flat water cruising. The precise balance also serves well in small waves
when the need arises. The Pulse has higher rig tension, and is geared for smooth,
high speed performance and glide.

A detailed chafe-proof, padded tack fairing includes a soft, functional rigging
handle and uphaul attachment. Roller wheel tack pulleys make tuning a breeze.
Kevlar™ internal reinforcement reduces weight and adds strength. Real
leather chafe proofing, smooth vinyl foot edging, all add to the exceptional
value of this fine new product.

SAIL SIZE final MAST IMCS RECOMMENDED LUFF BOOM EXT #
7.2 yes 460 25 Reflex Wave 460 496 210 36
6.7 yes 460 25 Reflex Wave 460 480 204 20
6.3 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 466 196 36
6 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 462 190 32
5.7 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 454 185 24
5.3 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 440 176 10
50 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 434 170 4
4.7 yes 400 19 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 410 165 18

 


Echo
2002

The 2002 Echo is a brand new range for Gaastra, named after Matt Pritchard’s
newest freestyle trick. He asked for the lightest, easiest handling sail to
help him win the World Championship. It has jumpy acceleration and flawless
balance, which makes radical contest winning routines look easy. It flies effortlessly
from tack to tack, without slamming or shaking.

The Echo’s five batten layout is ideal for a light, pliable feeling. We enhanced
this by making the foot sections long and shallow, with the draft positioned
to deliver power quickly. Producing speed instantly is the challenge in Freestyle,
in order to make a series of smooth transitions from trick to trick, rather
than be blasting for longer runs. The long flat foil shape develops lift quickly
at higher angles of attack. Yet it de-powers and floats through the manoeuvres
with ease, aided by the moderate twist and firm leech Every effort has been
made to keep weight down without sacrificing basic strength and durability.

The 2002 Gaastra Wave and Freestyle Series have been thoroughly tested with
the new Fiberspar Radius RDM masts, and have complete compatibility with them,
as well as normal diameter Reflex and Tidal Wave masts.

SAIL SIZE final MAST IMCS RECOMMENDED LUFF BOOM EXT #
7 yes 460 25 Reflex Wave 460 486 211 26
6.6 yes 460 25 Reflex Wave 460 482 202 22
6.2 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 464 197 34
5.8 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 456 186 26
5.4 yes 430 21 Reflex Wave / Radius RDM 446 179 16

 


Features of all 2002 ‘wave’ sails

316 Stainless Steel’ custom clew
eyelet
with webbing strap
increases breaking strength of clew corners without heavy patching.

A tough heavy cowhide ‘Leather Head’ provides maximum chafe protection.
No synthetic material comes close when it comes to coral and rocks.

Dimension X-ply is the most proven rugged sail material you can buy.

A super padded tack fairing and ‘skid zone’ with rigging handle and
special uphaul loop keeps your rails and spars ding free. Handy storage for
tensioner key hides inside.

A durable, clear vinyl foot edging with webbing binding provides maximum
strength and smooth chafe protection.

Dynema leech ropes and Kevlar strands help you to survive the
‘rock garden’ with your sail in one piece.

Low profile balanced load batten tensioners with stainless adjustment
screws create a smooth evenly tensioned leech.

U.S. manufactured rod battens of S-glass, sealed with shrink-wrap for
extra durability, have upgraded tapers to go with the new flatter shapes.

Stainless steel, large roller wheel, tack pulleys reduce rigging friction.

Sails with adjustable tops have a
double barrel’ no-slip,
locking buckle
for easy
and sure adjustment.

All structural seams are five ply glued and sewn for maximum strength
in big surf conditions.

A trim guide for quick selection of optimum components and their correct
settings is printed on every sail.

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