New 5.8 sail is exactly the same area, it is very different to sail with, for instance get your head around pulling the downhaul and main on hard to get the square top to lay off, then in a puff if you let the main off a bit the square top stands up again powering you up. It may be faster but wasn't faster for me on the day, I finished where I would have in the field before, anyone gauging it's performance should also recognise that they are racing against a brand new main sail and probably a brand new jib which always adds to the performance, I will post some sail pics soon. As for Drew Macs comments about little hull alterations I'm always up for a robust discussion and happy to have one here, I'll tackle that one in this thread soon

Jeff Southall
Current boats
Nacra 5.8 1703 Animal Scanning Services
Nacra 5.8 1667 Ram Raider
Nacra 18 Square
Arrow 1576