At the clew we always choose the upper eyelet for windsurfing, no matter if it’s for the light wind cruising trim or freerace oriented power trim. We extended the 160+ Silver Hybrid boom to either 190 or 192 cm, what’s an extension by 30 or 32 cm.
Trim Tipp: pull the outhaul fully out in the light wind trim setting. This is due to the tight leech concept and the reduced mast bending and guarantees the rotation of the lower battens. However, the Loose Leech is still relatively little in performance-oriented setting. A new trend is emerging: away from the classic loose leech.
The boom height: The E_Pace works very well with low boom height. But if it’s about maximum acceleration or very efficient sail pumping, you should move the boom a few cm up. The draft point in the E_Pace is slightly higher. With a higher boom setting we managed to pull the sail on the board, almost creating a close the gap feeling. Kai Hopf, sail designer from Duotone, thinks little of this position, but we like the feeling, derived from racing, but no-cam.
The E_Pace works very well for foiling with minimum downhaul trim and the boom on the lower eyelet position. The only requirement for the larger sail models from 6.6m and above is a SDM mast, which is needed to provide sufficient stability in the rig. A stable rig is required for foiling! For 5.4m, 5.8m and 6.2 the RDM mast should work well, too.
Our conclusion is clear: the E_Pace deserves its new name. It’s a no-cam freeride sail that delivers good to excellent performance in many conditions. It’s light, not sensitive in trimming and uncomplicated, on land and on the water. So the E_Pace is for many levels and has a wide range of use. The sail not only likes flat water, it also performs very well in bigger rolling swells and has enough stability when the wind decreases a bit in between the waves. The sail helps to get you planing, keeps you planing forever and if necessary, it lifts you well during the beach- or water start due to the higher draft position. So, the sail even suits intermediates, who practice water starts.
We tested the E_PACE mainly on windsurf boards and found the perfect board with the Fanatic Blast 115. We pulled the downhaul to the maximum setting and released the clew tension. That was our favorite setting. On the easygoing Gecko the sail worked very well, too, even with less downhaul.
The explosivity we have wished for this sporty freeride rig, we found with more downhaul and more loose leech. But of course the light wind-oriented setting is also working well and creates a very special feeling, a mix of a lot of power and still not overpowering heaviness. In our case it was the 6.6m that we’ve tried on boards from 100 to 120 liters volume. The tight leech design concept, which was first integrated into the Idol, then used on the Super Hero and now also integrated into the E_Pace and the racing models, has definitely advantages for the trim range. In addition the end consumer gets by with fewer sail sizes. We were already planing in very little wind with the 6.6m. Since the E_PACE also works very well on foil boards, the performance-oriented no cam freeride sail can be optimally trimmed for foil boards with minimal luff tension or for absolute light breeze windsurfing.
For us the E_Pace stood out above all as a sporty freerider, which convinces in classic moves like the power jibe and in planing performance.