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Fast Gear – Summer 2013

OK Dinghies probably isn’t the place for the fashion conscious. While fashions keep changing, they come back around too quickly for you to know if there’s really a new fashion or just a fad.

A couple of years ago it was all Icebreaker and Quantum. Then we saw Delfs and UK sails, with strong North. Now, looking at the Europeans you’d swear that Strandberg Marine had invented a faster hull.

Gear - Euro top 10 2013

Gear – Euro top 10 2013

But – at least for now – it’s too soon to get excited.  Icebreaker is still there in numbers. Delfs, a quite different shape, has two in the top 10. The Synergy hulls performed very well. And despite another strong showing from Green and Quantum you have the interlopers from Cicada and Hunt/Davis….plus the memory of the Worlds where UK and North were so fast.

Masts still seem to be a C-Tech whitewash, with more variety than ever in the world of Booms. Booms, of all things.  Now a softer boom for sore heads….that’d be something!

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