Mar 4, 2011
Luff: 428 Boom: 170
Aerotech’s Phantom is one of the few six-batten wavesails on the market and is a top choice if you’re looking for a more stable solid foil. Ample seam shaping gives it a deep locked in draft that needs little sailor input to generate power in a hurry. To make sure the Phantom keeps a light feel at speed, the draft is positioned well forward so that no matter how big the gust only a soft touch is needed to stay sheeted in. It has a nice slippery feel and is easily one of the fastest sails in the test. The relatively loose leech does the work to iron out fluctuations in the wind so all you have to do is hold on and watch out for the other riders you’ll be overtaking.
All the tuning necessary for wind range can be accomplished through outhaul as we found adding downhaul doesn’t change it dramatically. Plus, too much downhaul tension gives the leech excessive flutter that can take away from its efficiency. This lack of downhaul sensitivity makes the Phantom one of the easier sails to rig as even an untrained eye will be able to recreate a similar feel from day to day.
The deep draft allows you to take power deeper into a jibe or bottom turn than any other sail in the test, and this takes some getting used to. If you’re a big guy learning to jibe or a wave sailor who rides a lot of onshore conditions then the Phantom will be perfect. All this power and the extra batten takes away from some of the manoeuvrability and its rotation is noticeable. However, a nice short boom length saves the day in transitions allowing it to be thrown around and carved aggressively once you’re used to its powerful feel.
The Phantom is a wavesail that any freerider of racer will love with its locked-in shape providing plenty of power and speed. aerotechsails.com