FORMULA 177 Litros
OUR MOST POWERFUL BOARDS, WITH THE WIDEST WIND RANGE AND THE EARLIEST PLANING PERFORMANCE.
The lightwind, course racing powerhouse, entering its second season and now also ready to foil. Fit Starboard’s Race foil and go upwind/downwind faster, more efficiently and at angles you’d never thought possible.
THE FORMULA BOARDS AT A GLANCE
FORMULA 177: Compared to the previous generation the bullet nose is 2cm lower to improve aerodynamics, add more control and create a smoother transition into planing. The cutaways are 2cm longer to improve top-end speed and generate more lift from the fin. Thicker, boxier rails improve upwind performance and increase the rider’s leverage over the board for more power. Ready to Foil.
THE FORMULA BOARDS IN DETAIL
WIDE PLANING SURFACE
The planing surface remains wide between the front and back footstraps to increase lift, allow the board to get planing early and reduce drag in light winds.
DECK CONCAVE AND CAMEL BUMP
Deck concave and recessed mast track for a more vertical sailing position while closing the gap between the sail and the deck of the board. The camel bump deck shape in the tail provides back foot grip and more power, an advantage after every tack and jibe as you pump quicker and accelerate away from competitors faster.
Both the Formula One and 177 features cut-away shapes with deep side cuts that reduces the wetted area, improves acceleration onto the plane, upwind tracking, top end speed and allows for a freer ride. On the Formula 177 we found that making the cut aways 2cm longer improved top-end speed by reducing the wetted surface area and allowing the fin to generate more lift.
The Formula One uses our Bullet Nose design with a low angle of attack for less nose drag, easier and quicker acceleration out of jibes and back on the plane. The flat in the rocker is 90cm long for maximum accelerations in all conditions. The lowered mast track improves control and makes your rig position more vertical, which helps to hold your board down and maintain mast foot pressure.
On the Formula 177 the Bullet Nose rocker has been lowered by 2 cm this year for improved aerodynamics, more control at high speeds and a smoother transition into planing. Same thickness as the previous model to maintain high wind control.
Thicker, boxier rails throughout improve upwind performance and increase the rider’s leverage over the board for more power and lift.
The bottom shape is flat Vee tail, merging into a double concave forward. This brings speed and comfort in all racing conditions.
DRAKE RACE 70 FIN
The Formula One is delivered with a high-performance Drake Race 70 Ready to Race fin that generates massive power for light wind performance.
READY TO FOIL
The Formula 177 and the Formula One are both ready to foil now. The fin box is reinforced to withstand heavier loads associated with foiling. It uses thick, high-density PVC sheets and thick carbon fibre walls.
DRAKE ULTRALIGHT FOOTSTRAPS
Our Formulas are fitted with the next iteration of Drake UltraLight footstraps. These hydrophobic footstraps weigh 89 grams dry, saving up to 242 grams dry and 676 grams when wet. Two layers of Kevlar X-Ply monofilm replace the internal plastic strip to keep the footstrap comfortable, light and flexible but eradicate any stretch.
RECOMMENDED: FORMULA SAILS
Available sizes: 9.5m² and 11.0m².
The Formula One 9.5m² and 11.0m² are three-cam sails for Formula racing.
Racing profile with short boom lengths to offer higher performance on aluminium booms and lighter feel. Improved reinforcements on the foot of the Formula One sails for added durability.
FORMULA 177 – THE FLAGSHIP CONSTRUCTION
The Formula 177 is available in Carbon Reflex construction, our lightest, most exclusive and limited edition flagship construction. The deck uses the lightest grade of biaxial and uni-directional carbon fibre orientated between 45, 30 and 0 degrees for optimized flex and reflex characteristics.
The bottom of the board uses an even lighter grade of uni-directional carbon fibre from nose to tail, with an extra 45 degree biaxial carbon layer in the tail area for added torsional stiffness.