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27th of April 2012

Easter weekend saw the annual round hayling island race take place, light winds but glorious sunshine kicked the season off in style for this, and the BSA racing that followed. [more]

Gaastra Manic: Effortless Sailing


The Manic from Gaastra is an easy to use, super responsive wave cross over sail suitable for a variety of levels and conditions.


It has a great soft feeling when sailing, unlike some sails which feel like they could be ripped out of your hands at any moment, with the Manic you will feel relaxed and in control. Available in a great range of sizes and colours the Manic is a great choice, especially for women, FLOW finds out more from the Gaastra team:

Nes on her ManicNes on her Manic

The 2010 Manic exceeds its reputation, delivering unparalleled wave performance. This lithe wave sailing machine offers control and agility. A low clew, slightly shorter boom, and high foot are ergonomically designed to excel in the surf. A Dacron luff panel allows true de-power for lightning quick adjustments and a dependable feel that stays locked between the hands. A dramatic re-working of the big sizes, offers a new level in light to medium wind performance. New luff curves and shape flows throughout the mid sizes, add enough drive for today’s slower twin and multi fin boards. No expectation is too high.


This years Manic will blow you away.


Just ask Thomas Traversa, Ross Williams, Kevin Pritchard or better still Nes Umur, an experienced Turkish windsurfer now living in San Francisco:


‘This light sail gives me what I want when I want it:   When I want neutral to land freestyle tricks, I get it. When I want power to carry me through lulls, I get it. When I want a smooth ride -- I don't even need to ask for it because it is always there :) and it is all true! Manics are definitely for everyone from beginner to advanced.’ Nes Umur.


Amy using a Manic: Photo by Flymount 

Amy using a Manic: Photo by Flymount



Forward shaping characteristics // Keeping the power locked in where you want it

Triangulated load bearing panel layout // Gives the best strength to weight ratio Instant

ON/OFF power // Direct response when sheeting in or sheeting out

Low clew grommet // For better rig control and enhanced bottom turns

Dacron Luff Panel // Delivering perfect rig flexion

Slightly more drive // Optimized for TwinFin boards Smooth, Responsive leech tension


Nes on her ManicNes on her Manic

The Manic is available in the following sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, and 5.7.


More from Matt Pritchard, Gaastra/Tabou International Team Manager: "I like the Manics because they do what I tell them to- I can turn them on instantly or shut the power down when I want to…. Super responsive, effortless to sail underpowered or overpowered."


For full specifications, an awesome video and much more check out