One Level Up
The 2023 Tempest, available in both membrane and film versions, is unflinchingly driven by the success of the Machine M-9. A higher aspect outline, and revised twist layout, balance the shorter, more comfortable boom length. The taller, leaner planform gives the sail a lighter more direct feel where small rider adjustments translate to fast-twitch reactivity. The new outline boasts a measurably reduced swing weight, particularly noticeable during jibes and trim adjustments. This sail exceeds expectations for the aggressive free-racer and shines as a cross-over on a performance foil. The Tempest range has an impressive legacy, yet there is no question our latest takes the best and pushes it one level up.
Based on our experiences with the M8, it was clear that we wanted to develop a higher aspect Tempest. At the same time, we wanted to remain true to the essence of the Tempest, and the performance characteristics that have set such a high benchmark. The new outlines, particularly on the larger sizes, make these remarkable sails more manageable at the top end, with even better handling. Take a mid-width sock, a 3 cam layout, a shorter boom, and our fined-tuned luff curves and the result is truly amazing.
– Dennis Boisen