Rapid 2018
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Rapid 2018

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NO CAM FREERIDE

Faster and more performance oriented than the typical freeride sail, but still light and without cambers.

KEY FACTS:
7/7 Cross Batten Concept for maximum profile stability and ideal aerodynamics
Every batten is a tube batten
RDM compatible up to size 6.7 for improved handling with the same performance
Reduced boom length for more control and easy manoeuvres
Tension Frame and 3 mil square ply in the top combine low swing weight and durability
Two eyelets for individual trim

At €399.00

Incl. VAT

Grouped product items
Product Name Size, sqmBoom cmLuff, cmBattens/TubesBest MastMast cmMast, ø Stock Price Links
Rapid 5.7 5,71804197 / 7Cross / Expert / Select400SDM / RDM
DEAL €399.00 Regular Price €475.00
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Größe, qm5,7
Boom cm180
Luff, cm419
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm400
Mast ØSDM / RDM
Rapid 6,2 6,21904387 / 7Cross / Expert / Select430SDM / RDM
DEAL €415.00 Regular Price €485.00
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Größe, qm6,2
Boom cm190
Luff, cm438
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm430
Mast ØSDM / RDM
Rapid 6,7 6,71974577 / 7Cross / Expert / Select430SDM / RDM
DEAL €425.00 Regular Price €495.00
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Größe, qm6,7
Boom cm197
Luff, cm457
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm430
Mast ØSDM / RDM
Rapid 7,2 7,22044707 / 7Cross / Expert / Select460SDM
DEAL €435.00 Regular Price €505.00
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Größe, qm7,2
Boom cm204
Luff, cm470
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm460
Mast ØSDM
Rapid 7,9 7,92144767 / 7Cross / Expert / Select460SDM
DEAL €445.00 Regular Price €515.00
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Größe, qm7,9
Boom cm214
Luff, cm476
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm460
Mast ØSDM
Rapid 8,6 8,62244987 / 7Cross / Expert / Select490SDM
DEAL €449.00 Regular Price €525.00
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Größe, qm8,6
Boom cm224
Luff, cm498
Latten/ Tubes7 / 7
Best MastCross / Expert / Select
Mast cm490
Mast ØSDM
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Faster and more performance oriented than the typical freeride sail, but still light and without cambers.

Our Freerace sail RAPID has proven its abilities in several tests by being the fastest in its class. Nevertheless, the Rapid doesn’t need you to be an expert to release its full potential.

The 7 batten setup and slalom inspired outline ensures a stable profile and an untypical amount of high performance for a no cam sail. Due to a small modification of the batten configuration, the profile moves slightly towards the clew improving acceleration and top speed. At the same time the sail is super comfortable in its handling and rotates easily through every jibe.

To sum it up, this sail is without compromise - slalom characteristics and top speeds combined with the easy handling of a no cam freeride sail. That’s why it’s called Freerace.

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FAST RIGGING EASY DOING

F.R.E.D. will help you to fi nd the optimal luff trim for your sail. The mark is found in the upper sail window and serves as an orientation point to create the perfect luff tension (loose leech).

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REDUCED BOOM LENGTH

The Reduced Boom Length design shortens the boom length. The handling is much easier and feels more compact. The sail control is signifi cantly improved. A shorter boom is generally stiffer and will assist in maintaining the sail stability and profile.

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TOP GUARD

The large reinforcement at the sail top avoids abrasion and wearing out whilst rigging.


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VARIO TOP

The top opening is enlarged for an easier mast insertion. The adjustment buckle is placed behind the mast; unnecessary webbing can be stowed in the top opening.

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MINI BATTENS

Lightweight mini battens take control of the leech while twisting and avoid detrimental leech fl utter. In this way, the window fabrics are spared and the longevity of the sail is predefined.

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BATTEN GUARD

PVC tabs on the upper batten pockets prevent wearing out and abrasion whilst rigging.

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INTERNAL TRIM BATTEN

The Internal Trim Batten system is completely integrated into the batten pocket and the battens can stay tensioned in the sail. The profi led end piece offers additional protection against abrasion.

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POCKET GUARD

A PVC braid, sewed on the bottom batten pocket, protects your sail from abrasion while uphauling and waterstarting.

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OFFSET CLEW

The Wave sails are equipped with 2 clew eyelets which are set asymmetrically for individual tuning.
▲ Upper eyelet for more power
▲ Lower eyelet for more control

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BOOM SETTING

The boom length is printed beside the clew.

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BOOM POSITION CONTROL

The printed height scale at the boom opening helps you to easily remember your personal boom position. 

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SLEEVE VOLUMER

The Gun Sails logo that is sewn on the sleeve keeps it open at the boom opening area like a clip and thus mast insertion is much easier.

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MAST FOOT PROTECTOR

The large mast foot protector can be pulled back whilst rigging. The loop eases the initial pulling down of the sail. The uphaul can be comfortably inserted through an opening in the protector.

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FOOT GUARD

All seams in the significantly stressed foot area are protected by Dacron coverings. A PVC edging from foot to the first batten protects the leech edge against your board’s nonslip coating.

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COMFORT PULLEY

The integrated triple pulley has large easy turning stainless brass rolls which greatly reduce the effort required for sail trimming. Also, if you prefer, the rolls are removable to allow the use of standard downhaul pulley hooks.

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MESH POCKET

On the inside of the protector you will find a closable mesh pocket which can hold e.g. your downhaul surplus.

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STRAP ON

For very easy packing away and storage: Just roll the sail up and fix the elastic retainer.

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HD X-PLY

The new High Density X-Ply shows the highest thread density of our used materials. It combines the characteristics of the square ply with the ones of the regular x-ply. Together they form a highly resistant and durable material, which is light at the same time. HD X-Ply finds application in the upper panels of our wave and freemove sails. The area including the material is specifically designed to suit the range of the sail. The result is an especially stable and reactive leech construction.

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TENSION FRAME

The Tension frame forms a functional unit with the smart clew construction. It is built from multidirectional x-ply and framed with insignia. Therefore it can resist maximum stress levels. The Tension frame receives the force from the clew and distributes the tension with the additional warp lines into the sail. The layout of the tension frame is designed to support the individual profile of every sail. Conclusively the tension frame improves the response of the sail and increases the profile stability. It also ensures long lasting sail characteristics and improves the overall durability of the sail.

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SMART CLEW CONSTRUCTION

The Smart Clew Construction is based on the tension specific and precise alignment of different materials. The result is an extremely durable clew area without additional weight. Depending the sail the layout of the materials varies in order to suit the resulting tension lines in order to distribute the force from the clew, towards the Tension Frame into the sail. That helps to create more response, better profile stability and long lasting sail characteristics.


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MULTIDIRECTIONAL X-PLY

Multidirectional X-Ply is used in high stress areas. The thread layout shows a higher density of polyester yarn, thus making the material more resistant than the regular X-Ply. The additional vertical thread direction allows the material to take more tension and force in the critical tension line.

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X-PLY

X-PLY the all time classic of the reinforced laminates. It is light, stable and has a good transparency. Therefore it is used in the window area of the Wave-and Cross Over Sails. X-Ply also does withstand higher punctual stress. In case of a cut, the threads avoid further damage because they stop the cut from spreading through the window.

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SQUARE-PLY

The square ply is based on the same concept as X-ply material. However the threads are aligned in a 90 degree angle and the material offers a higher overall thread density. That allows us to reduce the thickness of the included monofilm to save weight, but ensure durability at the same time.


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KEVLAR STRETCH CONTROL

Through the selected use of kevlar warp laminate, we are able to precisely define the stretch properties of every sail. This leads to more response and a long lasting and stable sail profile. The light and unidirectional kevlar threads show very low stretch, even under highest loads. They are individually positioned in each sail to suit its range of application, leading to long lasting performance and sail characteristics.

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DOUBLE LOCK SEAMS

Double Seams provide the most stable connection between panels or different materials. They find use in areas of high material tension and make your sail tough and durable.

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CROSS BATTEN CONCEPT

Mostly used on the flatwater range due to a lot of surface in the boom area. The longest batten of the sail starts below the boom area, crosses the boom line and ends above the clew. The crossing batten does stabilize the profile, which is extremely important in that area. Like that the sail is more effective in acceleration and pumping and has a more stable pressure point.


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SYMMETRICAL BATTEN SYSTEM

The alternate positioning of the battens on the back and the front of the sail leads to a more equalized tension- and weight distribution. This arrangement will provide you with the exact same sail feeling, independent of the direction you are riding.

SURF 03-2018 / RAPID 6.2

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DESIGN: With seven battens on all sizes available, the GUNSAILS Rapid's focus on performance is obvious.

ON THE WATER: The GUNSAILS sail distinguishes one thing above all on water: The always solid, locked feeling. Already in the phase of early planing, it is not very agile on the one hand, but hardly turns away in gusts and is particularly easy to get going. In the lower planing range, however, it is not one of the most powerful sails, but can then fully score in the middle wind range - and particularly correctly powered. The profile is slightly elastic, the leech twists very harmonic and open and the pressure point hardly moves at all. No matter how much power you generate when closing the sail - the pressure point is noticeably a little further back, the sail keeps the board nicely free, but never creates too much lift. The planing position of our comparison boards Tabou Rocket Wide 100 was free at any time and very easy to control. A result of the very calmly lying sail, which is very easy to surf despite noticeable holding forces. The price for the lightest sail it wins neither on the straight nor in manoeuvres, the strengths lie clearly in powerful, relaxed and fast freeriding.

SURF RECOMMENDATION: Very fast and highly controllable. Stable and absorbing. For speed-oriented freeriding.

+: Fast, stable pressure point, price
o: Full, less light feeling
-: Not really a manoeuvre oriented sail


WINDSURFING JAHRBUCH 2018 / RAPID 7.2

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DESIGN: The Rapid is the performance-oriented freeride sail from GUNSAILS. For a good performance over a large wind range, it is equipped with seven battens. For pure freeriders who are looking for a sail that is as handy as possible, GUNSAILS offers the alternative Stream. With the Rapid we know and appreciate the traditional GUNSAILS equipment with thick cloth and solid reinforcements at all corners and ends. The ninety degree twisted trim block is surrounded by the pleasantly soft GUNSAILS mast protector. When rigging the Rapid you can, as with all performance-oriented sails from GUNSAILS, make one mistake above all – not enough luff tension. The Rapid works best with proper loose leech and cannot create the deep but very harmonious profile without sufficient luff tension. In order to let the profile breathe a little, a Dacron panel was sewn in the luff of the Rapid.

ON THE WATER: The Rapid is far from being one of the real lightweights in this comparison group. If you are looking for a sail of this size with minimal weight, you should take the Stream directly at GUNSAILS. The Rapid is not agile on the water, yet well balanced and is therefore less strenuous to sail even in the non planing. With the first gust the GUNSAILS sail gets off to a good start. Although the passive planing properties are not quite in the top group due to the slightly higher profile tension, the Rapid runs free immediately and accelerates to maximum speed within the shortest time with the right angle and when pulling a bit at the boom. The speed potential of the Rapid is truly excellent and belongs to a line of the fastest sails in this group. The Rapid pushes the board comfortably onto the water and accelerates the board forward without producing too much lift. This feature makes the Rapid a suitable partner to get the full potential out of the board even under fully powered conditions. In manoeuvres the Rapid is rather slow, but for sporty jibes it can be layed down and pulled up fluently. But if you only want to do jibes with a sail of this size, you won't be bothered by the not exactly nimble handling.

CONCLUSION: The Rapid clearly falls into the category No-Cam-Freerace and thus joins an exquisite group around the AC-X, Matrix or NCX. In this group it seldom stands out in its performance, but it does not fall off either. However, the price of the Rapid is unbeatable.


WIND SPECIAL TEST 03-2018 / RAPID 6.7

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STILL THE RIGHT NAME

DESIGN: The Rapid benefits from an outline from the race sail development, its profile is held by 7 tube battens, one of which is a cross batten. On the clew there is a slight cut and 2 differently arranged eyelets. The sail top is designed with ultra light 3mm square-ply. Up to 6.7 it is SDM and RDM compatible.

ON THE WATER: From season to season, we noticed a further development in the processing and selection of materials at GUNSAILS. The Rapid offers an elegantly appearing cloth, with its square, light x-ply material in the sail top. The small trim mark for the downhaul tension is always part of the equipment, its advantage is to give you a single, exact setting for the right dose of Loose Leech. A big plus for easier surfing. Rigged in this way, the Rapid can be handled with ease before it starts off particularly stable. In the lower wind range it develops correct performance without exaggerated power development.
The rig works perfectly and shows full acceleration and offers impressive stability. The profile is in front and pulls in the direction of travel. The Rapid is at the same time a simple and sporty sail, with which you are already fast in simple sailing. You don't have to be a racing expert, the Gun is a real freeride sail with this little plus in performance. The behaviour of your board is freed from any restrictions, the ride is fun. In the jibe it offers a good balance distribution with moderate pressure.

CONCLUSION: The Rapid is probably the most successful sail at GUNSAILS. It combines simplicity and performance, the Rapid is a sail for everyone, without headaches, but above all it has an incredible potential of perfectly controllable speed. This model is fun and user friendly from A to Z, its price will put an end to your hesitation. Above all, because the construction quality at GUNSAILS has also improved again.

+: Simplicity, trim mark, speed, stability, price
-: nothing


PLANCHEMAG SPECIAL TESTS 2018 / RAPID 6.7

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PLANING WITHOUT RESTRAINT

The Rapid is tuned by seven tube battens, has the profile more to the front, slightly less than others below the boom, has a nice loose leech, slightly less pronounced than last year and has a mast panel made of Dacron. RDM and SDM compatible.

ON THE WATER: When not planing it is a bit heavier than average, this year it appears a little softer with a little more horsepower for an earlier planing/planning through lulls and a little more pull in the arms when sailing: that's what we like. The sail offers primarily comfort and easy retrievable performance, with a good working profile on choppy water and in gusts, which simply absorbs disturbing energy so that you and the board can ride longer in a stable position. With the upper clew eye it has more zest for heavier riders in light and medium winds (more pull on the rear hand), with the lower eyelet it is more neutral on reach and down wind courses in heavy winds. It is one of those sails which, thanks to the good air circulation of the profile, are lighter in the wind and have a sensitive feeling when sailing, which allows demanding riders to use it in high wind with good control. More stable and powerful than its sister Stream with 6 battens, the Rapid is a more freerace and designed for full power rides, less handy and light in hands. The rotation of the profile in the jibe is very light and smooth, the power development when coming out of the jibe is also pleasant.

CONCLUSION: Powerful for long distance races, the Rapid remains easily accessible to a wide audience. This allows you to raise your performance to a higher level on beamreach and downwind and also sail overpowered more often and more easily. Performance increases slightly in 2018.

+: Price, performance on reach and down wind course, softness on choppy water, neutral in the wind
-: Slightly less light in manoeuvres and non-planing than average

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