Mar 4, 2011
Luff: 417 Boom: 170
For 2011, Goya has started using a new high-tech scrim material in key areas of all their sails, making them significantly lighter without any loss in strength. On the water, the Eclipse’s lighter weight feels fantastic, as this was the only fault we could find when we tested last year’s model. It still has more reinforcement than most other brands; a few others may be lighter, but none will take a pounding like the Eclipse. Also of note, this is the only sail in the test from which the exotic lightweight scrim doesn’t lead to its stability quickly deteriorating once it’s overpowered.
With the downhaul set using the on-sail guide, the leech becomes noticeably loose. Seam shaping is used to lock in the draft to help handle winds that will easily let you drop down over half a metre when you need to rig down. The locked-in shape, along with a longish boom, helps provide plenty of low-end punch and gives it one of the largest wind ranges found in a dedicated wavesail.
It feels best when used on wave- and FSW-shaped boards, with the loose leech twisting off as needed to keep the lightweight rig from feeling heavy under load. In a bottom turn or transition, it does not go neutral as quickly as the flatter sails, but it happens early enough to leave time to set up for your move. In flatter water, the power and lightweight feel make the Eclipse a great transition sail, and it will help you get plenty of air as well. These traits also make it work well for freestyle, with our only complaint being that its loose leech makes straight-line ducking and riding clew-first slightly more difficult.
This new lightweight Eclipse is a true power wavesail that can rip waves one day and work equally well in bump-and-jump conditions the next. goyawindsurfing.com