2 paddlers paddle sail 2,000 miles from South America to Miami using a Falcon Sail.
George Parry & William McCreadie of the Golden Arc Exploration who chose to use a 1.3 square meter Falcon Sail with a carbon fiber rigging kit, on their 2,000 mile kayaking adventure from Grenada to Miami. They where on a Seaward Passat tandem kayak.
In an article published by Canoe & Kayak they quoted George the following.
“At one point were hitting six knots where our usual fully laden average was three knots. It’s a great, well-made piece of gear — definitely the best kayak sail on the market.”
On the Golden Arc Exploration website they wrote the following.
To say the least we were absolutely thrilled with its performance. Credit must go to our fantastic Seaward Passat but the falcon sail did not compromise our stability in any way.
The sail operates extremely well in strong winds; we were able to reach speeds of up to 6-7 knots on occasions. On the calmer days, if the wind was behind us, we would still be able to add an extra knot to our progress. For 16/17-hour days the difference between 3 or 4 knots is absolutely huge and we really do have the Falcon Sail to thank for that!
The sail is very efficient. It packs down very neatly to the side of the boat when not in use and is also very quick and easy to put the sail up when the wind picks up.
The Falcon sail website states that ‘With a Falcon Sail, you have the potential to gain an advantage when paddle sailing up to 30 degrees off straight up wind.’ It’s certainly true. We were wary to not be pushed leeward by the wind when sailing on a beam reach or higher but by frequently checking our progress on the GPS we were able to factor in any cross movement and continue at a good speed.
Kayak sails in these big expeditions are no longer an optional extra but fundamental to ocean kayaking. We definitely had times when we really needed the support of our sail, dashing to land on a few occasions. We would thoroughly recommend a Falcon sail to anyone looking to get involved and give it a go.
You can read full written account on their Falcon Sail experience on this page.
What Falcon Sails has to say.
As always we are thrilled to be involved with the small and incredible adventures like this as well. Since we are kayakers ourselves we are it is just plain exciting to be involved. As a maker of kayak sails with the goal of always making the best rigs possible, it helps us advance, and prove our product is the best you will find anywhere. Our customer’s feedback is one of our greatest assets. This adventure is another supercharged opportunity to give great customer service and learn about our customers experiences.
Since George and William are from England and had a rush and demanding start and had zero kayak sailing experience, they had to learn on the fly rather than take advantage of the help we love to provide to our customers.
They texted us a few questions one late night, and we answered them right away as we always do. Adventures like these create a long list of must do items that can get in the way focusing on kayak sailing skills.
This is an example of why both experts and newbies want an easy to use rig that is reliable and provides amazing performance in a compact size. They did amazingly well, but we could have helped them do even better performance out of their rig with just a few small adjustments that can be found in our instructions. Unfortunately they missed our soon to be released updated sail design that is more efficient, a little bigger, more powerful per square inch, has better up wind capabilities, is lighter, and folds more compactly. They just missed the opportunity to have this improved sail. George and William if you are reading this, we will be happy to give you free upgrade to our latest sail design. Just give us a call. We are always happy to talk about kayak sailing.
To learn more about their expedition, check out their website.
See the review they wrote on their falcon sail on this page.