Mar 4, 2011
Luff: 424 Boom: 172
The Severne S-1 was one of the first wavesails on the market built as light feeling in the hands as it is durable. In doing so, it has set the pace for sail-cloth materials that other brands are only now just catching on to.
Along with polished-looking reinforcement panels and sail-care features, the colourful e5 scrim cloth used in the upper body is extremely light, yet incredibly durable. This lightness is immediately noticeable in the hands, as it feels about half a meter smaller than sails built with standard x-ply. Power-wise, there is the same pull that you expect from a 5.3-metre, but along with feeling lighter there is also a unique feel from this high-end scrim. It gives the sail a softness that makes it highly reactive to fluctuations in the wind, but without disrupting control until the sail becomes overpowered. For efficient sailors who are always looking for feedback from their sail, the S-1 gets you planing in the smallest gust, and ensures that you always know exactly how much power you have while navigating chop, railing into jibes, or setting up for the lip. The downside to this reactivity is that once the sail becomes overpowered, things get unruly quite quickly. With a tug on the downhaul, you can compensate for this; in doing so, you will also noticeably lower the draft height in the sail—possibly leading to some frustration, as you will have to adjust your timing in transitions and how you approach the wave.
Within its wind range, the S-1 was a clear favourite, both in the waves and flatwater—its lightweight feel made it easy to correct whenever it got off-balance. This helps whether you’re learning to jibe or working on new-school aerial freestyle. In the waves, the S-1 goes neutral with just the slightest oversheet, allowing one to truly ride the wave without the sail getting in the way… until you need it.
The S-1 is for the discriminating sailor who wants a cutting-edge sail that will leave them with no excuses for missing that next jibe, lip or Loop. severnesails.com