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    I think it is true that each manufacturer can get a design lead on the others but it is short lived. Certainly Starboard innovated most with slalom board designs initially and others copied most of the design. Neil Pryde devoted a lot of development time to one sail...the EVO and it paid off maybe for a season or two. Recently the focus on slalom design has been to make the boards easier to sail whilst retaining most of the speed. With sails, as more and more PWA events take place in lighter and less reliable winds brands have focused on acceleration/power out of the gybe rather than just top end speed and stability. North recently stole a march with their light wind 9m sail with a design with less luff curve, less tension and more foil shape higher up the mast. This is no longer unique. Apart from the development race it is of course down to the skill and consistency of the rider. If you ever get to see any of the PWA slalom sailors in a National race series the difference in their board speed is just incredible.

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    Looking up the last 4 years, Iachino has done better on Starboard/Point7 than he did on Fanatic/North, including winning the title in 2016, the other 3 years Albeau won, and finishing ahead of Mortefon on Fanatic/North after he switched whereas on the same kit he was always behind him. Maybe that kit suits him more, or that he had some influence in the design for his needs, or luck, or maybe better preparation etc. Mortefon has been in the top 3 for the last 4 years on his Fanatic/North. Like Sailrepair said, its the sum of the parts.

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    why he overtake all others like they are amateurs?this is just one video,almost in all heats(strong wind,fuerte..etc) he makes others so slow..
    skill,board,sail or fin?

    seems to me ,all have same course,all close/sheet in sails,so there must be reasone for huge difference in speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing 11 View Post
    why he overtake all others like they are amateurs?this is just one video,almost in all heats(strong wind,fuerte..etc) he makes others so slow..
    skill,board,sail or fin?

    seems to me ,all have same course,all close/sheet in sails,so there must be reasone for huge difference in speed
    Again this is just 1 video 1 heat, & from 2010. Yes, he was dominating that heat - probably put himself in position to take advantage of a nice gust, upwind in clear air ... Antoine is a great sailor, his gear is also absolutely top of the heap, & yes no doubt perfectly tuned. But you will find just as many examples of Antoine having a bad heat or just in the middle of the pack. Likewise, you can find videos of Iachino or Mortefon & others as well.
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    As mikerB said these guys are incredibly quick compared with Joe Sailor. Watching the guys in Lanza last month it is hour after hour after hour of fine tuning on the water that makes the difference. That and very big balls!

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    When one pro sailor has such a speed advantage over the others it usually because he has come from further upwind and gathered speed going broad, then on a beam reach is upwind of and covering those he overtakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing 11 View Post
    why he overtake all others like they are amateurs?this is just one video,almost in all heats(strong wind,fuerte..etc) he makes others so slow..
    skill,board,sail or fin?

    seems to me ,all have same course,all close/sheet in sails,so there must be reasone for huge difference in speed


    To overtake all those sailors he must have been behind them in the first place

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