Today I took the T3R out for a quick sail in a moderate 6-10 knots. There is a bit more rigging time to adjust the battens for the conditions and to rig the ropes which adjust the sail shape - but I imagine I will get quicker at this. It took me 35mins from boat laid out and the sail already on the boom.
It was around 6 knots and I was out on the hiking bars (at 55kgs that is usual for me) and then I looked up at the sail and had a bit of a wow moment. How can I describe the joy of trimming a really good looking sail? Well, its good! The material is a soft laminate with full battens so it will last a long time. The battens are adjustable so you can choose your sail shape for the conditions.
I lined up against a couple of lasers who were racing and to my surprise I held my height with them. Despite more wetted surface of the TIWAL I was able to stay the same height as them. No doubt the longer, well shaped centreboard and rudder helps; as does the stiffer rig and the sail shape.
I need to test it in stronger winds yet and I'm looking forward to that!
Go TIWAL - we have a product fit for racing now!
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.